The IMD has predicted heavy rainfall in Kerala till the morning of December 4.

Thanks to Nada Kochi is chilling at 19 degrees Celsius lowest in 10 years Image for representation/ Courtesy:
news Weather Saturday, December 03, 2016 - 09:52

On Thursday night, Kochi recorded the lowest temperature in December in the last decade, with the minimum temperature falling to 19.2 degrees. 

The Advanced Centre for Atmospheric Radar Research (ACARR), Cochin University of Science and Technology, first recorded 19.2 degrees at around 10pm in Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) on Thursday night.

Over and above the sporadic rainfall the district has been receiving in the last couple of days, the sky remained cloudy for most part of Thursday. 

 “The temperatures fell because it had turned windy also. Since we are in the rain shadow region of Cyclone Nada, which is off Chennai coast, the skies have been mostly cloudy over Kochi,“ Dr K Mohan Kumar, director of ACARR told TOI.

The low pressure in the Bay of Bengal which has led to heavy showers in Chennai, has triggered the dip in temperature in Kochi, say weather department officials. 

It was in 1971 that Kochi reported 17.7 degrees, that is the lowest temperature ever recorded. In the December of 2013, the temperature had been at 19.8 degrees and 19.6 degrees in 2011. 

According to IMD regional director S Sudevan, districts of Ernakulam, Idukki, Kollam and Pathanamthitta reported fog and overcast skies. 

The IMD has predicted heavy rainfall in Kerala till the morning of December 4, with an expected rainfall of 7 to 11cm.