The upper reaches of Jammu and cashmere and Himachal Pradesh received snow on Wednesday, after which cold northwesterly winds brought temperatures down in the northern plains. Wind direction is expected to change on Friday or Saturday, and temperatures are expected to rise.
Some rain is also expected from Saturday to Monday under the influence of a western disturbance.
A minimum temperature of 19 degrees C is considered normal for this time of year. The past three years had seen mercury drop below 20 degrees C earlier this year, which has seen a relatively warm October so far.
Under the influence of northwesterly winds, the maximum temperature dropped to 33.9 degrees C from 36.7 degrees two days ago.
“Both the maximum and minimum temperatures experienced a decrease on Thursday. The city has mainly been recording above normal highs and lows in October so far. Due to clear skies and northwesterly winds, the minimum temperature dropped on Thursday, ”said a MET official.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast that the minimum temperature is likely to remain around 19 degrees Celsius on Friday, but could increase from Saturday. The meteorological department predicted very light rain on October 16 and light to moderate rain on October 17 under the influence of a western disturbance. Light rains are also expected on October 18.
Mahesh Palawat of Skymet Weather, a private weather forecasting agency, said: “Winds from the northwest are predicted to change to the east on Friday or Saturday. In addition, irregular rains and partial cloud cover are likely to occur on October 17 and 18, which could lead to an increase in the minimum temperature. ”
According to IMD’s forecast, the minimum temperature is likely to hover around 21 degrees Celsius on October 16 and 17 and may hit 20 degrees Celsius on October 18.
“Once the rain activity ends, the temperature can once again witness a slight decrease. There is a chance that the minimum temperature will drop to 19 degrees Celsius on October 19 and 20, ”said a MET official. He added that a steeper drop in minimum temperature is likely to occur in the last week of October or the first week of November.