The Indian Meteorological Department has told us all to prepare for a 'kadak' winter in Bhopal, according to a Times of India report.
The minimum temperature might hit a new record, breaking the 50-year-low mark of -3.1 degrees Celsius. Apart from this, spells of winter rain is also expected in January and December, says the same report.
Bhopal that recorded 3.1°C as the lowest minimum temperature on 11 December, 1966, may see a dip below the 3°C mark this year.
The IMD website shows a cold wave setting in by 23 November which might even result in ground frost. The cumulative rainfall during post-monsoon in Central India shows a two percent departure from the LPA (long period average), the only increase recorded in the entire country.
Another Times of India report claims that in the absence of the El Nino effect, in which the warming of the sea-surface temperature in the Pacific causes warmer weather in parts of Asia and east Africa, the director of the IMD, Anupam Kashyapi says that after 15 Novemberm western disturbances will allegedly bring winter rain in Central India.
There has been an unusual shift in the pattern of western disturbances that bring winter snow over Western Himalayas, in recent times, according to Skymetweather.com. They usually travel downwards, towards lower latitudes, affecting India and Pakistan in the winters.
IMD officials have also said that other factors such as early notherly winds, anticyclones over North West India from the end of October to the start of November could also be contributing factors.