HYDERABAD: The city witnessed the lowest temperature of this season on Sunday when the mercury level dropped to 8 degrees celsius. The Indian meteorological department here says the temperatures will not drop further.
According to S Venkateswara Rao, assistant meteorologist, the temperatures will rise in the next three days, acknowledging the formation of anti-cyclonic formations in eastern Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh which will drag cold winds from north India and make the weather warmer in the state.
The weather in the city has been fluctuating since the new year day with the minimum temperature being 16 degrees on January 1, 19 degrees on January 8 and 8 degrees on January 15.
Earlier in the month, it was termed as the warmest winter until a few upper wind circulations near the coast, the entire state was warming up dragging a lot of moisture from the Bay of Bengal.
The simultaneous occurrence of the cyclone Thane, creating low pressure in the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal had made the central India and the Deccan Plateau warm during this winter, says Venkateswara Rao.
Then, it was the turn of the western disturbance phenomena along the Himalayas and central India to add to the cold weather in the state and some rainfall in areas of coastal Andhra and Telangana to cool down the temperatures Now, it is expected that the anti-cyclonic formations in cenral India will warm up the state once again, and the weather fluctuations will make Hyderabadis sweat once again this winter.
And the weather reports say the minimum temperature recorded on Monday was higher than on Sunday.
Coldwave Claims 11 Lives
VISAKHAPATNAM: The coldwave sweeping many parts of the state has claimed 11 lives in the past 24 hours. While four persons died at Gudipudi in Guntur district, two were found dead in Visakhapatnam and one each in the districts of Karimnagar, Nalgonda, East Godavari and Kurnool.
According to reports, two elderly persons _ Narasaih (65), a labourer at Vempadu in Nidamanoor mandal, an unidentified man found dead at Peddakaparthi in Chityal mandal _ succumbed to chill in Nalgonda district.
However, revenue officials did not confirm the deaths occurred due to the cold weather conditions in the state. On Sunday the temperature plummeted to below zero degree in many parts of the Visakhapatnam Agency area and recorded 3 or 4 degrees Celsius below normal elsewhere in the state.
Lambasingi, a tribal village in the interior forests of Chintapalle mandal in Visakhapatnam district, recorded the lowest minimum temperature for this season at minus one (-1) degrees Celsius.
Hyderabad recorded the lowest minimum temperature this season with 8.4 degree Celsius on Sunday even as there was slight rise in the minimum temperature which was recorded as 10 degrees Celsius on Monday.
It was the lowest minimum temperature after the 8.3 degree Celsius recorded on January 6 last year.
However, the lowest ever temperature in Hyderabad was 6.1 degrees Celsius in January 1946.
The minimum temperatures fell by 3 or 4 degrees at many places in the state even as the meteorological department on Monday issued a warning stating that the coldwave conditions are likely to prevail in most parts of the state over the next 48 hours.
The cold northerly winds blowing hard resulted in the drop in temperature which is likely to dip further in the coming days. Temperatures in majority of tribal areas of Visakhapatnam district like Chintapalle and Minimuluru fell to 1.1 degree Celsius and 2 degree Celsius respectively.
The lowest minimum temperature in Adilabad was 4 cm on Sunday night, while Ramagundam and Medak recorded a minimum temperature of 7 degrees Celsius.