Wayanad: The winter season has brought the coldest days to Wayanad. With the new year, the district has been shivering in winter. It is reported that the temperature has fallen below 10 degree Celsius on Tuesday and Wednesday.
According to natives, such coldest days were experienced in the district after a long time. In the first weeks of December, the temperature was 15-20 degree Celsius. After Christmas, a steep fall in temperature was reported. Ambalavayal Agriculture Research Centre reported that 12 degree Celsius was the lowest temperature in Wayanad in last week.
On Wednesday morning, the temperature fell to 10.7 degree Celsius. In daytime, it rose to 24 degree Celsius.
During 1991-94, temperature in Wayanad reached 7-8 degree Celsius. Nilgri, the nearest district of Wayanad is also experiencing the coldest days of the season with a temperature of 7 degree Celsius.
The two-day-long coldest days in Wayanad reminds of the winter season in the district two decades ago. The place was frozen during night and early morning. When natives are having a tough time dealing with the winter season, tourists are enjoying the coldest days here. During Christmas holidays, many people arrived here to enjoy the winter season.
Winter season attracts the most number of tourists to Wayanad. The season will help the tourism sector, which faced a setback following the floods, recover.
As the strong winter hit Wayanad, winter diseases started to spread in various places. Children and elderly people are the most affected. Large number of people suffering from cold and cough are visiting hospitals.
“This season is the best for all farming. The climate is suitable to dry coffee and pepper. It will increase the production of pepper next year,” said Devassikutty Ezhamchira, a farmer in Wayanad.