Bundle up, winter to be ‘severe’ in Karnataka: IMD issues cold wave alert

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KEY STORY

  •  The winter chill is here to stay. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), mercury levels have started to plummet, and a cold wave alert has been issued for Karnataka.

Two men sit around a fire to warm themselves on a cold morning on Saturday.

  • Bengaluru, where a weak sun ruled a cloudless sky, could get some respite for the next two days because of the formation of cloud cover, but the chill will return. A severe cold wave condition has been forecast, especially in north interior Karnataka, and citizens are advised caution.
  • Temperatures have already begun to dip. Up to 8.30am Tuesday, Bengaluru city recorded a minimum of 14.4 degrees Celsius, while HAL Airport recorded a minimum of 12 degrees Celsius.
  • It is the lowest since 2016, when on December 11, the city had recorded a minimum of 12 degrees Celsius. The lowest ever for Bengaluru has been on December 29, 1883, when the mercury dipped to 8.9 degrees Celsius.

CONCLUSION

  • Bidar recorded a minimum of 5.6 degrees Celsius, Vijayapura 9.5 degrees Celsius and Dharwad recorded a minimum of 10.2 degrees Celsius on Tuesday morning.
  • IMD-Bengaluru, director in-charge, CS Patil told  that the Winter Solstice was on Monday, and temperatures are expected to fall.
  • Besides, it has been forecast that winter will be severe this year because of the La Nino effect and the prolonged, severe and delayed South-West and North-East monsoon.

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