Hot days ahead for Kerala this time; temperature rises by 3 degrees
Thiruvananthapuram: The climate in Kerala used to be cold during the Christmas - New Year season. But this time, the state is experiencing hot days in the new year. The heat is likely to increase in the coming days.
The snowfall in Munnar was a miraculous sight during these days last year. But there is no frost in Munnar this year and the temperature has not come lower than 8 degrees. In other places, temperature is upto three degrees higher than normal.
It is hot during day and night as the daily low temperature (measured in the early morning) remains high. Considering the average temperature in 30 years, the lowest temperature has increased upto 1-3 degrees. The daily high temperature (measured in the afternoon) also is rising.
Director of Meteorological Centre K Santhosh said there was heavy rainfall and cloudy atmosphere this time which in turn keeps the weather hot. Temperature is likely to go up in the coming days. He added that temperature in Kerala seems to increase from February onwards which is seen from the previous years.
Dr. S Abhilash of Department of Atmospheric Sciences in the Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) said that the phenomenon of Indian Ocean Dipole continues. Indian Ocean Dipole is an irregular oscillation of sea-surface temperatures in which the western Indian Ocean becomes warmer. The climate change caused by this phenomenon increases temperature. The dry weather and wildfire in Australia are result of this, he added.