With the skies clearing out and humidity decreasing, nights in most parts of the state including the capital have turned colder, heralding the onset of winter season. During the last two nights, temperatures have shown noticeable dip — going below the normal mark in some areas.
On Monday night, Bhopal recorded minimum temperature of 18 degrees Celsius — normal for the season and over two degrees lesser than the temperatures recorded two nights earlier (20.6 degrees on Saturday night). Places like Khajuraho and Pachmarhi recorded minimum temperatures of 16.6 and 13.9 degrees respectively — both a degree below normal mark.
The meteorological department office has said that the night temperatures would show further dip during the next few days. However, the day temperatures would start dipping post Diwali. When the day temperatures dips substantially, the winter would make its presence felt properly, the meteorological office added.
The director of Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC), Anupam Kashyapi said during the last two days, the skies have cleared out as the weather system over southwest Madhya Pradesh has withered away. Also, humidity has decreased considerably and the air has started blowing in from northerly direction.
A western disturbance over Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) has pulled down temperatures in northern India and thus the air coming into state has also become somewhat chilly, he said.
"The phenomenon would become more pronounced over next two days and thus the night temperatures are likely to show further dip," the director said.
November, December and January constitute the main winter months in Madhya Pradesh, but right from end of October the weather shows a perceptible change and nights get chilly. The weather in the state is adhering to the trend this time.