Hyderabad: The city witnessed a drop in the minimum temperature on Friday. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said the minimum dropped to 15º Celsius, which is 3ºC lower than the normal for this time of the month. The lowest temperature recorded last year in February was on the 10th when the mercury went down to 15.2ºC.
According to the Telangana State Development Planning Society (TSDPS) some places in the city registered recorded lower temperatures including Moula Ali (12º C), Qutbullahpur (13ºC) and Bolaram (14.9 ºC). These readings were recorded in the 24-hour period from 8.30 am on Thursday.
“There is an anti-cyclonic circulation that formed over parts of Madhya Pradesh. This circulation has begun pushing the cold northern winds towards Telangana state. Under its influence there is a dip in the minimum temperature,” said Mr Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist, Skymet.
He added that this phenomenon would only for three days. “We predict that the circulation would dissipate in the next 72 hours, after which the heat will be back on,” he said. The fall in the temperature was due to the lack of clouds. “Whenever there are clouds, they traps the heat and keep the nights warm. Since there are no or very less clouds the sun’s radiation that comes in during the day is reflected back in the form of long-wave radiation,” said Mr Palawat.