Kathmandu, February 2:

Spring is back. As many of us might have felt by now, it is very much in the air. Peach and cherry blossoms are already showing their varied colours. Inferentially, cold winter is now well on its way out although weathermen give it one more week.

This, however, does not mean that winter is completely gone. “We are on the threshold of spring season,” senior Meteorologist Krishna Bhakta Manandhar said, while attributing this to the changed weather pattern, which has tended to change perceptively.

Even the day-light hours have increased.

“Significantly, the advent of spring is showing in the lengthening of the day-light hours. Until two weeks back, the sun set at 17: 31 hours, while yesterday the sun set at 17:31 hours,” Manandhar said. While the sun rose at 06:51 hours today, it set at 17:44 hours.

The mercury during this winter season plummeted to minus 0.5 degree Celsius on January 14, while today’s minimum temperature was recorded at 6.2 degree Celsius.

Yesterday’s minimum temperature was 7.9 degree Celsius, while the mercury on Friday afternoon hit the 22 degree Celsius mark.

Considering the rise in temperature, it is now time to put woolens back in the wardrobes! It is also time to stop cuddling up in heavy blankets and quilts and remaining there for as long as possible in the morning hours.

Interestingly, this winter, like the last one, too, remained dry, barring aside a few places in the far western region.

Manandhar, however, said weathermen are hopeful that Kathmandu might get “one or two” brief showers in February.

He also referred to the western disturbances that are “gradually moving eastward” from the skies of Pakistan and Jammu and Kashmir, which, he said, might also affect some places in Nepal’s far western regions.

“Simikot, Humla and some other places might witness snowfall or brief showers after two or three days,” he said, adding, “We, however, cannot say exactly whether this will disturb Kathmandu Valley.”

Manandhar said that the days are getting warmer with months ahead likely to be mainly dry and windy which will also coincide with the hazy conditions — the hallmark of late spring.