Goa will be chillier as the peak winter is approaching with minimum temperature in the state expected to drop from 19 degrees to 16 degree Celsius. The Met department has forecast a drop in the night temperatures, though the days might get warmer owing to clear skies; weather will remain relatively warm for the next two days.
In last two to three days starting from Monday, due to a trough of low pressure over the southeast Arabian Sea and in the neighbouring state of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, Goa experienced chiller weather followed by light showers of rain mainly in Panaji, Dabolim and Mormugao.
An IMD official said the minimum temperature for the next two days would be around 19 degree Celsius and further indicated rain/thundershowers on Saturday and Sunday. The weather bureau said on Tuesday and Wednesday, Goa’s maximum temperature plunged two degrees below the normal temperature due to a synoptic situation in the southeast Arabian Sea. While the maximum was 29.8 degrees Celsius on both days, the maximum temperature for the next two days will touch 32 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season’s average, making it moderately warmer for this part of the season.
The Met department has forecast that the minimum temperature could remain at 19 degrees Celsius for the next couple of days, while the maximum temperature is expected to rise marginally by two notches above normal temperature. “We are expecting warmer days ahead. Now the trough in the southeast Arabian Sea has moved off, so there is no chance of cloudy skies for the next two days,” an official said.
Though the night temperatures in Goa tend to witness a drop many a times during the month of January, this year, Panaji recorded its coldest morning of the season on January 10 with minimum temperature recorded at 18.8 degree Celsius and the highest maximum temperature of 36.5 degree Celsius recorded on January 1. Moreover, from January 2 till date, the night temperatures fell below 2-3 degrees thrice. The hilly regions of the state in Sattari and Canacona experienced a fall in night temperature as low as 17-18 degree Celsius, two degrees below normal.