Temperatures plummet to 1.5°C in Kathmandu Valley

KATHMANDU: As temperatures dipped to 1.5°C in the wee hours of Tuesday, the Kathmandu Valley endured its coldest morning of this winter so far.

According to the Meteorological Forecasting Division (MFD), the minimum temperature was recorded at 3 am. The mercury, however, gradually rose after the break of the dawn and reached 13.5°C at 11:45 am.

According to the MFD, the Capital Valley will remain partly cloudy today with 100 per cent relative humidity.

Meanwhile, the Northern Hemisphere marks Winter Solstice -- the shortest day of the year -- today. As per the MFD, sunrise was recorded at 6:51 am and the sunset will be at 5:14 pm today.

The minimum and maximum temperatures of the Valley yesterday were 3°C and  15.5°C respectively.

Earlier on December 18 and 19 mornings, temperatures had plummeted to 2°C.

The MFD records show that the average minimum and maximum temperatures for the month of December are 3.7°C and 20.2°C respectively. The highest maximum temperature for the month of December this year was recorded at 22.3°C on December 5.

The lowest minimum temperature that MFD recorded was on December 31, 1977 with mercury plummeting to -2°C.

Last year, the  minimum and maximum temperatures were recorded to be 2.7°C and 18.2°C respectively.