Hyderabad: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that Telangana is very likely to experience minimum temperatures slightly above normal (probability of <40%) while the state is very likely to experience maximum temperatures slightly below normal (probability of 45%-50%) between December 2020 and February 2021.

Maximum temperatures are expected to be in the range of 29°C to 27°C, while the minimum temperatures will be in the range of 17°C to 20°C. In the city, maximum temperatures are expected to be in the range of 26°C to 28°C, while the minimum temperatures will be in the range of 16°C to 18°C.

"For the next two days, the maximum temperature will be below normal as two depressions are forming in the Bay of Bengal which will bring cloud cover and easterly wind. Rainfall is likely on 2, 7, and 8 December," said Mahesh Palawat, the vice-president of Skymet.

The cold wave will not hit Telangana as the minimum temperatures will remain above 10°Celsius. A cold wave is declared when the minimum temperature of a station is 10°C or less for two consecutive days. According to the weather expert, the wind chill factor is not considered while declaring a cold wave but it should be based on the actual minimum temperature of the stations.

The IMD forecast on 30 November read, "The low-pressure area over the south Andaman Sea and the adjoining areas of the southeast Bay of Bengal and the equatorial Indian Ocean now seen as a well-marked low-pressure area with associated cyclonic circulation extending up to mid-tropospheric levels. It is very likely to concentrate into a depression during the next 36 hours and likely to intensify further thereafter. It is likely to move west-northwestward and reach near south Tamil Nadu coast around 2 December 2020."

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