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Indian Meteorological Department sounds cold wave alarm for Adilabad

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Hyderabad: The winter chill would engulf entire Adilabad district and the temperature is expected to drop by a few notches, warn meteorologists.

The Hyderabad unit of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday issued a cold wave warning for the district which says: ‘Cold wave conditions are very likely to prevail at isolated places in Adilabad district of Telangana.’

Speaking to Telangana Today, IMD Director (forecasting), K Naga Ratna said: “Earlier there were cold winds originating from the Himalayan region, spread across the State. However, these winds have changed their direction and are now concentrated over the Adilabad district.” According to her calculations, temperatures in the region could go down to eight or seven degrees Celsius. “The area can expect a relief from the chilling climate only after three days. We predict that the cold would dissipate and make way for warm climates,” she added.

This prediction is in tune with IMD Director General K J Ramesh’s statement, issued before the winter last year where he said that this season’s minimum temperature would be cooler than last year. The last winter season 2016-17 witnessed an anomaly of 1 degree Celsius, which was the fourth warmest recorded since 1901. The core cold wave zone covers Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Odisha and Telangana, Marathwada, Vidarbha, Saurashtra and central Maharashtra.

Meanwhile, Hyderabad has started to move towards colder temperatures again, after a brief period of warm breeze. While the minimum temperature last week was around 17 degrees Celsius, Monday recorded a minimum temperature of 14 degrees Celsius. There is a dip in maximum temperatures as well, with last week recording an average of 31 degrees Celsius whereas Monday recorded 27.7 degrees Celsius.

However, the departure from normal temperatures for these days is zero for maximum temperature and only 1 degree Celsius for minimum temperature. The Meteorogical Centre in the city said the weather would remain the same for the rest of the week, with fog in the morning and clear skies during the day.

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