Warm up for colder weather: Met officials

Warm up for colder weather: Met officials

The chill in the air in City is going to intensify in the next three days with officials from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasting cloudy weather coupled with light rains.

B Puttanna, director incharge, IMD-Bangalore, said, “The coldest day in December was recorded in 2007 when the temperature dipped to 11.8 degrees Celsius. The amount of cloud formation has increased in the City and parts of South Karnataka under the influence of low pressure area over South West Bay of Bengal. Due to this, the day temperature has decreased and night temperature has increased. The cloudy weather will continue for the next three days.”

He said that the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 25 and 18 degrees Celsius, respectively, for the next two days. Officials from the Met department said that the below normal temperature for this month was 16 degrees Celsius on December 27.

Till date for this year, only on that day, the City recorded below normal temperature.
“The minium temperature on December 27 was 13.9 degrees Celsius, the lowest
for this month so far,” the officials said.

The winter cold has forced some walkers to remain indoors.

The City’s lung spaces that usually witness huge crowds in the mornings are less frequented now. Cubbon Park, for instance, has around 50 per cent less walkers visiting, as many people fear catching cold-related illnesses and infections.

“The number of walkers has reduced from 5,000 to 3,000 now. Apart from weather, another reason for this is that many people have gone on year-end vacations,” said S Umesh, president of Cubbon Park Walkers Association. Similarly, at Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, the number of walkers has decreased by 30 to 40 per cent.

However, retailers and traders of woollen clothes are making the most of the dipping temperatures. Mansoor Khan, a retailer of woollen wear, said that sweaters and caps were selling like hot cakes.

“Compared to last year, this time the sales have boosted. Thermal wears are also equally in demand,” he added.

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