Coffee land in the grip of cold weather

People lit a bonfire on the street to stay warm in the cold weather in Chikkamagaluru.

People in the coffee land are shivering as the minimum temperature has dropped to as low as 12 degree celsius in the last five days.

The winter has been harsher compared to the previous years.

People sitting around the bonfire on the streets, markets and bus stands during early mornings and evenings has become a common sight. A lot of people can be seen wearing mufflers, caps, gloves and other woollen wear that were hitherto inside the wardrobe.

S H Ashwini, an engineering student from Davanagere, said she had come on a trip to Bababudangiri. The shivering cold gave her a new experience. “Water in the Honnammanahalla (stream), on the way to Bababudangiri, was as cold as ice. A similar weather was witnessed in Kemmannugundi and Kalhattigiri. It has also become difficult to move about. However, the view of Malnad in winter is nice,” she added.

Tourists visiting the hills on Chandradrona range have been experiencing cold weather. Compared to the cities, places in the proximity of hills, lakes, streams and reservoirs are experiencing cold weather.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD-Bengaluru), the Chikkamagalur has recorded a maximum temperature of 28 degree Celsius and minimum of 12 degree Celsius during the last five days.

IMD Scientist C S Patil said that the sudden decrease in temperature is the result of cold storms blowing from Northern India. Districts in Northern Karnataka such as Bidar, Kalaburgi, Vijayapura and Bagalkot are the worst affected with night time temperature dropping to 8 degree Celsius. There will be an increase in the temperature after Makara Sankranthi, he added.

Plantation workers are worried as they are left with no choice but to work in an unfavourable weather condition, so as to make their ends meet.

“We can not hesitate from working in plantations, lest we will miss our daily bread”, labourer Balappa said.

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