Kathmandu, January 7
With the onset of light winter rain throughout the country and generally cloudy weather, the temperature is expected to dip even more for a couple more days as the maximum temperatures has already decreased by nearly three degrees Celsius.
The maximum temperature of Kathmandu valley, which was 18.2 degrees Celsius yesterday, has plummeted to 15 degrees Celsius today.
The minimum temperature of Kathmandu valley, however, has increased to 6.5 degree Celsius due to the cloudy atmosphere in the last 24 hours.
Kathmandu valley had recorded minimum temperature of 0.5 degree Celsius recently.
The Meteorological Forecasting Division of Department of Hydrology and Meteorology has forecast that minimum temperature throughout the country will rapidly plummet in the coming days as cloudy weather will clear up from tomorrow and the sky will be visible.
According to meteorologist Bibhuti Pokhrel of MFD, “Normally winters get chillier when there
is clear sky. But since Kathmandu valley has remained cloudy most of the time in the last 24 hours, the minimum temperatures has remained static at 6.5 degrees Celsius.”
The MFD also said that there are some chances of light to heavy snowfall in the western mountainous region, but the rest of the country will remain clear.
Snowfall has been recorded in some places of the high mountainous region, more specifically in the western Himalayan region of the country such as Humla, Jumla and Jomsom. Similarly, minimum and maximum temperatures throughout the Tarai region of the country have decreased.
The Meteorological Forecasting Division also said it had information of some snowfall in the high hilly peripheral area of Kathmandu valley such as Phulchowki and Daman.
According to the MFD, Kathmandu valley is unlikely to see snow fall as the humidity prevailing in the area normally precipitates cold air into rainfall not snowfall as in high altitude area.
A version of this article appears in print on January 08, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.