Kathmandu’s temperature dips to 4.5 degrees Celsius, coldest day of the year

Winter begins with the influence of westerly wind in the Nepali atmosphere. (File photo/RSS)

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Kathmandu: The Kathmandu Valley has recorded the coldest day today. 

The minimum temperature in the Valley was 4.5 degrees Celsius, according to the Meteorological Forecasting Division under the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology. 

The Valley’s temperature was recorded at a minimum 5.3 degrees on Saturday. In the past few days, temperature in the Valley has been sharply dropping with the cold increasing, said the Division. 

Similarly, the temperature in Jumla district today dropped to minimum minus 5.6 degrees Celsius. Also, Jomsom recorded minus 6.1 degrees and Jiri minus 0.7 degree, said meteorologist Hira Bhattarai. 

The western belt of the country will remain cloudy today with the impact of the westerly low-pressure system, he said.  Sudurpaschim and Karnali Provinces will likely remain completely cloudy today. 

The Kathmandu Valley (Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts) and surrounding districts are expected to remain cloudy partially, said the Division. On Saturday, some parts of Kaski, Khotang and Myagdi district received rainfall. 

The Machhapuchchhre Base Camp in Kaski district recorded 3.6 millimeters of rainfall, Ghorepani in Myagdi district 1.5 millimeters and Duthkoshi in Khotang district 2 millimeters.