KATHMANDU: The lingering after effect of Cyclone Phyan, which lashed off the western coast in India last week, is being felt in the Kathmandu Valley, according to meteorologists.
As per the forecast, the freak weather— overcast sky coupled with appreciable dip in daytime temperature and intermittent drizzle—will persist over the next few days.
Sky-gazers have to wait till next weekend for a clear wintry sky.
Meteorological Forecasting Division (MFD) officials said that the Kathmandu Valley, along with some central and eastern parts of the nation, would receive brief spells of shower tonight and tomorrow. The mercury will plunge lower than normal.
However, areas in and around the Kathmandu Valley may not receive snowfall soon. Shiva Nepal, meteorologist, MFD, explained the causes behind the freak weather pattern.
“Usually, the onset of winter brings in the domineering Westerly wind, which triggers rainfall. Besides, we’re still reeling under the residual impact of Cyclone Phyan,” he reasoned. Weatherman Rajendra Shrestha agreed with him.
Cold days and colder nights are round the corner. And, the sun will continue to play hide and seek, thanks to overcast conditions.
No wonder, the Valley residents have pulled out their woollens a shade earlier than usual.
A BBC report said that Kathmandu would receive heavy rainfall
for the next couple of days. While, drizzle will continue till this weekend interspersed with sunny intervals.
Meteorologist Nepal argued that the BBC forecast might not be
accurate. “BBC follows a global model for weather forecast. Hence, the margin of error can be higher. Usually, a country that has a greater variation in altitude experiences fluctuation in weather pattern,” he reasoned.
A version of this article appears in print on November 16, 2009 of The Himalayan Times.