Hyderabad: Better late than never appears to be the motto of the winter gods who made a slightly delayed but chilling entry into Hyderabad over the weekend. Cloudy weather conditions, coupled with fog in many areas, prevailed all through Monday, bringing the maximum temperature down to 20.8 degrees Celsius, according to India Meteorological Department (IMD) Hyderabad.
The fog made many areas in the city look and feel like hill stations, with many being forced to pull out their sweaters and jackets to keep themselves warm. According to IMD, under the influence of Cyclone Pethai, temperatures fell rapidly due to the rainfall in different parts of Telangana, with the cloudy conditions resulting in the drop in the maximum temperature. “The minimum is also likely to drop by two to three notches from Tuesday,” a senior IMD official said.
Across the city, the winter’s intensified avatar made many shiver and crave for a piping hot cup of tea and snacks at roadside stalls and cafes. In the span of one week, the maximum temperature plummeted by over nine notches. The temperature during the day, which was 30.6 degrees Celsius on December 10, dropped to 20.8 degrees on Monday.
In the last 24 hours, according to the Telangana State Development Planning Society, the maximum recorded was 25.6 degrees in Moulali, Trimulgherry and West Marredpally, followed by 26.4 degrees in Jubilee Hills and Nampally.