Sudden persistent drizzle on wintry day surprises people
Rain and cold breeze expected for two more days
It is attributed to cyclonic storm ‘Nisha’
Bangalore: Hawkers selling woollies did brisk business on Wednesday as the sudden dip in temperature, coupled with a steady daylong drizzle, took Bangaloreans by surprise.
Usually, winter days are warm and sunny but Wednesday’s chill through the day sent people scurrying for cover and comfort.
Many Bangaloreans swore it was the coldest day yet this year although the Meteorological Department has not confirmed this.
Amrita Singh, a research student, said as her flight landed from Mumbai this afternoon, she immediately regretted she had not brought along a coat with her.
Even as Bangaloreans rummaged through their sweaters, shawls, coats and even mufflers, the Meteorological Department said that bout of rain and cold wind was expected to stay for the next 48 hours. “One can say that the winter has practically arrived, but this weather is due to yesterday’s depression in the Bay of Bengal over Karaikal on the coast of Tamil Nadu that has now turned into the cyclonic storm Nisha,” said A. Muthuchami, director of the Meteorological Department.
The minimum temperature in the city was recorded at 19.4 degree Celsius and rain was recorded at 0.22 mm in Bangalore while the overall humidity was recorded at 89 per cent. “The maximum temperatures are going to drop, while the minimum temperature is going to remain the same,” Mr. Muthuchami said. “We can expect the rain to continue till Friday night as Nisha passes over Karnataka, after which it will weaken considerably,” he said.
An overall increase in rainfall is expected over the State. The forecast also points towards showers at many places over interior parts of southern Karnataka and isolated places in Northern Karnataka. Heavy showers are expected over isolated places in Northern Karnataka, readings of the Meteorological Department show. Bijapur recorded the lowest temperature over the state with 12.8 degree Celsius.