Thursday, December 06, 2007

Bangalore in the grip of a harsh winter

Bangalore in the grip of a harsh winter

M. Raghuram

Chilly weather attributed to easterly winds

It is likely to continue throughout December

Bangalore: Bangaloreans looked distinctly bulkier on Wednesday as everyone seemed to have pulled out their woollies.

The garden city has started experiencing the chill of winter, which brings with it the promise of Christmas and New Year gaiety. But before that celebration, there will be some rather cold weather prevailing over the city.

So prepare to keep those extra pullovers, rugs and woollies out as even the day time will be cold, according to Meteorology Department.

Bringing down the temperature is the north eastern monsoon and the easterly winds blowing over the parts of southern peninsula, particularly Rayalaseema, Coastal Andhra Pradesh, South Interior Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and parts of Kerala.

According to the director of Meteorology Department, G.S. Vijayaraghavan, the chilly weather is going to be there even in the day time for a few more days as there is a big patch of cloud cover over these areas.

Mr. Vijayaraghavan told The Hindu that this cloudy weather during the day had brought down the day time temperature to 19 degrees Celsius (recorded at 2.30 p.m. on Wednesday). On Tuesday, the temperature at 2.30 p.m. was 26 degrees Celsius. He said it was natural for the region to be chilly during this part of the year but the moisture in the air had given the weather that extra nip. Night temperatures were not likely to come down further.

Mr. Vijayaraghavan said that the region did not get its share of north eastern monsoon showers in expected volumes and the cloudy weather in Bangalore was only an indication of the chances of rains which might occur in other parts of the region, mainly Rayalaseema, Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

This weather would continue on and off in Bangalore all through December, he said.


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