MID-WAY THROUGH November – the first of the main winter months – the chill is yet to set in over the State. The reason for the delay in the onset of a proper winter has been a series of weather systems that have developed across the eastern and western coasts as also over the central parts of the country.
By this time of the year, the winter chill should have been more palpable, but temperatures in most parts of the State remain firmly over the 15-degree Celsius mark.
There are no chances of temperatures rapidly falling during the next three to four days, the met office has predicted. This has forced citizens to leave their woollens firmly in their cupboards.
The only noticeable exception is that of Indore, where minimum temperatures continue to be three to four degrees lesser than other parts of the State.
On the night intervening Wednesday and Thursday too, minimum temperature at Indore remained at 12.3 degrees Celsius although day temperatures remained similar to that recorded elsewhere in State at 30.8 degrees.
The present culprit in delaying the winter, is an anti-cyclonic circulation system that is prevailing over the northern parts of the State – mainly the Gwalior-Chambal region.
Regional Meteorological Centre Director Dr D P Dubey said this anti-cyclonic system was preventing winds from getting dead northerly and thus the impact of the snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir was not being felt. Due to this system, the wind pattern over the State continues to have a prominent easterly component.
Also this anti-cyclonic system is compressing air and whetting up the temperatures a bit, further warming up the weather in the region, Dr Dubey said. Similarly, the wind is blowing mildly over the region pleasantly thus not allowing the chill – whatever present in air – from being felt, he explained.
Dr Dubey said the present minimum temperature across the State – around 15 degrees – is only one to two degrees above the average, but the warmth is being felt more owing to the above mentioned reasons. He said the anti-cyclonic system was not expected to weaken and move for at least three days and thus temperatures cannot be expected to fall before that.
As for the Capital, the normal minimum temperatures for the month of November range between 10 to 16 degrees, but this year, the temperatures are remaining decidedly nearer the highest margin.
The temperatures have rarely climbed below the 15 degrees mark during the month. On Thursday, Bhopal recorded maximum of 30.2 and minimum of 15.4 degrees Celsius, Gwalior – 30.3 and 16.0 while Jabalpur recorded 32.2 and 15.1.