It’s not just Kashmir which is reeling under a severe cold wave. Munnar in Kerala recently recorded a minimum temperature of -3 degree Celsius after the New Year’s. Due to the hill station experiencing sub-zero temperatures, many visitors woke up to a blanket of frost covering the hillsides, which was an unusual sight.
This is due to a sudden dip in temperatures in most parts of Kerala as southern India is experiencing a spell of chilly weather conditions due to extremely cold weather gripping north India. Many districts including Kochi, Kottayam, Alappuzha and Kannur are experiencing chilly mornings and evenings, with the minimum temperature in all the four districts lowest in at least three decades.
Such a cold weather condition in Kerala happens once in a few years and is due to dry northernly winds sweeping over south India.
India is currently in the grip of a severe cold wave with Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh experiencing fresh snowfall. In December, Nagpur in Maharashtra recorded its lowest temperature in 18 years and was even colder than Shimla. Pune has also recorded the coldest winters since 1981. Delhi also underwent the longest cold spell in 14 years last month, with western disturbances dipping the temperatures even further in January 2018.