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Records five-degree drop in average November temperature

BRRRR:A blanket of mist envelops the Uttarahalli-Kengeri main road early Friday.— PHOTO: K. MURALI KUMAR
BRRRR:A blanket of mist envelops the Uttarahalli-Kengeri main road early Friday.— PHOTO: K. MURALI KUMAR

People, keep your woollens out and on for the next couple of days. The weatherman does not expect the temperature to rise before Sunday at least.

A sudden cold spell has caught Bangalore and parts of the State by surprise since Thursday: 13.4 degrees Celsius in the city and as low as 10.2 at the Bengaluru International Airport. It let up slightly on Friday to 14.5 degrees C in Bangalore.

Interior parts

This, for Bangalore, was a good five degree fall in the minimum temperature of 18 degrees C based on 50-year records.

On Friday, interior parts of the State such as Chamarajanagar hit 9.6 degrees C; Raichur 10.4; Mysore 11.7; and Madikeri 11.8 degrees Celsius. The coastal region was relatively warm.

“We are not expecting a significant rise for at least the next two days,” said B. Puttanna, Director, Meteorological Centre. The trend could change owing to an impending low pressure that may cause clouding and warming.

According to him, November temperatures rarely go below 10 degrees C. In 2010 and 2011, he recalled, Bijapur shivered to a record 5.6 degrees C. This year, the real winter months of December-February may see further fall in temperature.

Records five degree drop in average November temperature

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