The India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast on Saturday mentioned that cold wave conditions are likely to prevail in isolated parts of Kutch over the next two days – December 19 and 20.
Experts asked the vulnerable population including infants, pregnant women, the elderly, and those with chronic diseases to be careful and avoid prolonged exposure to cold weather.
“Cold wave to severe cold wave conditions very likely continue to prevail in the Kutch district. Cold wave conditions are very likely to continue to prevail at isolated pockets in the districts of Saurashtra namely Rajkot, Amreli, Porbandar, and Junagadh; in the North Gujarat region namely Banaskantha,” IMD forecast for Sunday and Monday states.
On Saturday, Ahmedabad recorded a minimum temperature of 11 degrees Celsius, a departure of 1 degree Celsius from normal. Naliya in Kutch recorded the minimum departure of 3 degrees Celsius, the lowest in the region, for the third consecutive day.
The maximum temperatures too recorded a dip of 2-3 degrees below the normal temperature that ranged between 24-29 degrees Celsius across centers in Gujarat.
The drop in the temperature is due to the north-easterly winds prevailing at lower levels over the region.