Thursday, November 27, 2008

‘Nisha’ chills Bengaluru

‘Nisha’ chills Bengaluru

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The weather spells gloom for the city for a few days as the cold spell will continue with the sun hiding behind dark clouds.

The city is under the ‘Nisha effect’, the cyclone which has been active over the Bay of Bengal causing a fall in temperature in the city during the last two days.

The Indian Meteorological Department has forecast light to moderate rainfall and heavy rainfall over parts of south interior Karnataka including Bengaluru.

“The cyclonic storm over Bay of Bengal located about 50 km east of Vidyaranya in Tamil Nadu is likely to cross on Wednesday or Thursday. The cyclone is causing heavy rainfall over Tamil Nadu and parts of south interior Karnataka,” A. Muthachami, director, IMD, Bengaluru, said.

This is the second cyclone in the last one week which has originated from the Bay of Bengal. The cyclone, Khai Muk, which was active over Bay of Bengal weakened few days ago. Meteorologically, the North East Monsoon is always attached to the cyclone.

The city’s temperature is expected to plunge due to the effect of the cyclone. While the minimum temperature on November 20 was 19.3 degree C, on Wednesday the minimum temperature recorded was 18.5 degree C. “As the cyclone effect continues to bring with it showers and cold waves over Bengaluru, the temperature during the day is expected to fall further,” Mr Muthachami added.

The city receives about 60 mm rainfall on an average during November, but this time the total rainfall in the last 27 days was 29.4 mm which is less than normal.

IMD did not say if the temperature will go down further in winter. “It is too early to predict the winter over the southern peninsular. While the northern parts of the country come under heavy cold waves, the temperature is moderate in south India. IMD will issue the winter prediction for Bengaluru and surrounding areas before the onset of winter,” said a meteorologist.


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