Staff Reporter

Bangalore: A thick cover of clouds and light drizzle brought a distinct nip in the air on Monday. And even as the Meteorological Department recorded a reasonably warm 27 degrees (maximum) and 18 degrees (minimum), the humidity and gentle breeze had Bangaloreans covering themselves up in woollens.

Cloudy skies, light spells of rain and a deceptive chill factor, brought on by troughs connected with the northeast monsoon, are likely to last for the next couple of days, according to the weather forecast. “There are two troughs of low responsible for the weather, one over the Bay of Bengal near the Sri Lanka coast and the other near Lakshadweep islands in the Arabian Sea,” said an officer at the meteorological department.

As for districts in north Karnataka, the yawning gap between minimum and maximum temperatures, characteristic of winter, has only been getting wider. In Bijapur for instance the temperature swung by 16 degrees Celsius on Monday — from a minimum of 14 degrees Celsius to a maximum of 30 degrees. This variation was noticeable in Bangalore too, which experienced a nearly 10-degree difference.

Dry weather is likely to prevail in the north while coastal and south interior Karnataka can expect rain, says the Meteorological Department forecast. The minimum temperature in Bangalore will stay at around 18 degrees Celsius for the next two days.