THE CHILL has a bite now. The night temperatures went down below the ten degrees mark in most parts of the State, including the Capital. Bhopal recorded the lowest minimum of the season at 9 degrees on night intervening Thursday and Friday, a good two degrees below normal of the season.
Interestingly, till last week the state was experiencing both minimum and maximum temperatures quite above the normal mark. But the persistent snowfall in the upper reaches of the country and the change in wind direction finally saw the temperatures plunge across the state. The lowest minimum in state at 7.0 degrees was recorded in several places on the bygone night including Khajuraho, Raisen and Guna.
During last four days both the day and night temperatures have shown remarkable drop all across state. In the capital, minimum temperatures of 11.8 degrees, 10.6 degrees, 11.4 degrees and 9.0 degrees were recorded on December 12, 13, 14 and 15 respectively.
The director of Regional Meteorological Centre Dr D P Dubey has said that the temperatures would not take a further drop over next two three days as a western disturbance has developed over Rajasthan and is leading to incursion of some moisture in MP that would prevent temperatures from going down further. However snowfall is continuing in northern most parts of country and once the weather system passes off, further drop in temperatures are expected.
On Friday, Indore recorded maximum of 26.6 and minimum of 9.0 degrees, Gwalior- 25.8 and 9.3 degrees and Jabalpur – 25.6 and 10.2 degrees.