Three days after the cloudy skies parted, Madhya Pradesh and its capital have gone from experiencing harsh cold conditions to sunlit days.
On Wednesday, the Sun shone harshly in many parts of the state, revving up the day temperatures to the near normal mark and making citizens shed their woollens during daytime.
However, the night temperatures continue to be below the normal mark in many areas, though it is likely to go up during the next two days, the meteorological department (MeT) said.
As for the daytime conditions, the weather office has predicted that a similar pattern would continue during the next two or three days.
From January 1 to 4, the day temperatures in Bhopal and many other parts of the state were five to ten degrees below the normal mark due to continuing rain and deep clouds.
Skies cleared on Monday and the day temperatures have registered a sharp rise. On Wednesday, Bhopal recorded maximum temperature of 25.1 degrees Celsius, normal for the season, but exactly ten degrees more than the maximum day temperature of January 2 (15.1 degrees). The minimum temperature was recorded at 8.7 degrees, two degrees below normal mark.
"Weather oscillation is a normal phenomenon and since moisture incursion has reduced considerably and skies have cleared out totally, both day and night temperatures have returned to normal," said Anupam Kashyapi, director of Regional Meteorological Centre, Bhopal.
He added that similar conditions would prevail during the next two to three days with chances of marginal rise in night temperatures that should settle around 10-11 degrees in many parts of the state. However, moisture incursion may make its presence felt after a few days and colder weather would return, he said.
Normally, cold conditions last in MP till the first week of February and the first fortnight of January is considered one of the coldest periods of the season, the director added.