BENGALURU: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned that the state will experience severe fog and cold wave conditions for the next few days.
The cold wave warning has been issued to several districts in the state, including southern-interior and north-interior parts for the next six days starting Sunday. There is a possibility of severe fog in most of the districts in the state.
The north- and southern-interior parts of the state have recorded more cold and foggy conditions this year. Normally, a minimum temperature of 15 degrees Celsius is recorded in the month of January, but this year, the minimum temperature has dropped to 13 degrees Celsius.
What are the reasons for the increase in cold wave conditions?
- Rainfall in the state has been higher than usual.
- Increase in moisture of the earth due to increase in rainfall.
- Continuous cyclonic effect lasting a few days.
- High pressure drop in the southwest Bay of Bengal.
Cold wave conditions will increase in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Kodagu, Chikkamagaluru, Shivamogga, Hassan, Uttara Kannada, Dakshina Kannada and parts of North Karnataka. The cold wave conditions are prevailing in some of the districts including Bagalkot, Bidar and Vijayapura.
“The minimum temperature has been recorded below 10 degrees Celsius in some places in the state. Bagalkot district has a recorded minimum temperature of 8.6 degrees Celsius. In Chintamani, it was 9.3 degrees Celsius and in Mysuru, it was 9.4 degrees Celsius. The IMD has issued a warning for cold wave conditions in the state. In some of the districts, the temperature will drop to 3-4 degrees Celsius”, said Prasad, a city-based meterologist.