AFTER SIX days of high temperatures precipitated by change in wind direction and incursion of moisture owing to western disturbance –temperature has finally started dropping across the State again and the met office hope that a cold atmosphere would ring in the New Year.
Temperatures started rising across the State since December 22 and by December 27 the minimum night temperature in the State capital had gone up to 14 degrees Celsius, while Indore saw a high minimum of 14.4 degrees Celsius on December 26.
However, with the wind pattern now turning northerly and skies clearing, temperature has started dropping.
The Capital recorded a drop of two degrees in minimum temperature on Thursday being recorded at 12.2 degrees Celsius as against 14.0 degrees Celsius of Wednesday.
The maximum temperature also saw a drop from 26.1 degrees Celsius of Wednesday to 24.6 degree Celsius on Thursday - two degrees below normal.
Regional Meteorological Centre Director Dr D P Dubey said temperature would drop further and on Friday the capital was expected to record minimum temperature between 10 and 11 degrees Celsius.
In other parts of the State too, both maximum and minimum temperatures dropped significantly. Indore recorded 26.7 degree Celsius and 10.7 degree Celsius, Gwalior – 23.1 degree Celsius and 9.6 degree Celsius and Jabalpur – 23.4 degree Celsius and 12.1 degree Celsius.
During the last few days, temperature has been quite high in Bhopal. On December 22 – maximum and minimum of 25.0 and 12.0 were recorded, on December 23 – 25.6 and 13.0, December 24 – 25.1 and 12.0, December 26.6 and 12.0, December 26 – 28.5 and 13.9 and December 27 – 26.1 and 14.0 degrees Celsius.
Before this, however, a week of quite low temperatures had been experienced in the Capital. On December 15, Bhopal recorded maximum of 26.0 and minimum of 9.0, December 16 – 25.4 and 10.5, December 17 – 25.2 and 10.2, December 18 – 26.4 and 9.4, December 19 – 24.4 and 9.8, December 20 – 26.0 and 9.2, December 21 – 26.3 and 10.0 degrees Celsius.