GANGTOK, JANUARY 7: Temperatures across the Himalayan state has dipped drastically, with capital Gangtok recording a low of 2.2 degrees Celsius on Monday, the lowest so far in 2020. The upper reaches of the state capital also witnessed light to moderate snowfall, a first in almost 15 years.
There have been reports of heavy to moderate snowfall also occurring in many places across the state in all the 4 districts. The lowest temperature in Gangtok last year was 3.1 degrees Celsius, which was recorded on January 4, 2019. Meteorologists said Sikkim may witness more chill and snowfall in the entire month of January.
GN Raha, Director of the India Meteorological Department (Sikkim) said that the dip in temperature was due to cyclonic circulation over sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Bangladesh and will remain so till Monday. Rain and snowfall has been predicted by the IMD for the next 4 days in different areas of the state.
The dip in temperature has meant minimum travel for the locals, who are staying indoors to beat the chill. Stakeholders in the state’s fledgling tourism industry, however, may have a busy season with many tourists inquiring about the snowfall.
“Although there is some time left for the peak tourist season to commence, we have been getting queries from domestic and international tourists even in the dry season. We are hopeful and happy,” said Nischal Lohagan, a travel guide.(Courtesy: AT)