October weather in India

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October as a whole

Coldest nights

Delhi: 1937-2020

Priyangi Agarwal, The Times of India

The lowest minimum temperatures in October recorded in Delhi till 2020

9.4°C: 31st Oct 1937

12.3°C: 31st Oct 1994

12.5°C: 29 Oct 2020

2020: The minimum temperature has mostly remained below 20°C this October. The minimum was recorded below 17°C since October 16. The average minimum temperature recorded in the last 10 years in the month of October was usually 18-20°C. While the average maximum temperature in the same month in the last one decade was largely above 32°C.

Kuldeep Srivastava, scientist at IMD and head, Regional Weather Forecasting Centre, said, “The average minimum temperature of October is 19.1°C,


Stubble burning cases; Farm fires on October 3; Farm fires till October 3, 2023
From: [From the archives, Oct 4, 2023: The Times of India]

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The lowest single- day minimum temperature in October, recorded at Safdarjung Delhi

Lowest minimum temperature, 2013-23

The lowest minimum temperature recorded in Delhi in October, 2013-23
From: Oct 20, 2023: The Times of India

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The Lowest minimum temperature Recorded in Delhi in October, 2013-23

Maximum, minimum and monthly mean/ average temperatures

1968, 2009-20

Average maximum and minimum temperatures in Delhi in October, 2011-20
Average minimum monthly mean minimum temperature in Delhi (Safdarjung) during October.jpg


Minimum, lowest

20 Oct 2020: 13.7°C: Coldest October night in city in 11 years

The normal minimum temperature in the third week of October is between 18.1 and 19.4 degrees Celsius.

Average minimum / monthly mean minimum temperature at Safdarjung during October

16.9 degrees Celsius: 1962

17.2 degrees Celsius : 2020, nearly two notches below normal

Normal minimum temperature for October is 19.1 degrees Celsius.

Average maximum temperature in October 2020

34.5 degrees Celsius: 2020, the second highest for the month since 2010.

Lowest mean minimum temperature in the month of October

16.7 degrees Celsius: 1954

In 2019, the lowest minimum temperature recorded was just 16.5 degrees Celsius on October 23. However, the lowest minimum temperature reported was 15 degrees Celsius on October 25, 2018 and 16.1degrees Celsius on October 26, 2017.

2020: Delhi experienced its coldest October night in 11years when the mercury dropped to 13.7 degrees Celsius, four notches below normal, early on 20 Oct at the Safdarjung observatory, as the pattern of warm days and nippy nights continued in the region, reports Priyangi Agarwal.

The last time Delhi had recorded a lower minimum temperature in October was in 2009, when 13.5 degrees Celsius was recorded on October 26 and 28. The maximum temperature was 33.8 degrees Celsius, a degree above normal, on 20 X 2020.

2020: Experts said both [extremely warm days, cold nights] conditions were linked to the absence of cloud cover during the month, which made days warm but allowed the heat to quickly dissipate at night.

The last rain spell in the capital was on September 8 and the monsoon withdrew on September 25 2020. Since then [till 31 Oct[, clear skies have been making the days warm while the heat is quickly dissipating at night, leading to a sharp fall in temperature,” said Kuldeep Srivastava, head of IMD’s Regional Weather Forecasting Centre.

14 Oct

Telangana, Andhra, Karnataka, Odisha/ 2020

October 15, 2020: The Times of India

Heavy rainfall leaves 32 dead in Telangana; Hyd streets flooded

Offices Shut, Army Called Out For Relief Ops



At least 32 people have been killed in Telangana after a deep depression passed over the state in the last two days, unleashing heavy rain and widespread destruction. Heavy rain was reported in Andhra Pradesh, north Karnataka and south Odisha. At least 23 people were killed on 14 Oct while nine died in a wall collapse on 13 Oct.

Telangana’s capital Hyderabad bore the brunt of the downpour with many streets, especially in the Old City, turning into virtual rivers. As the situation turned critical, the Army was called in to help in rescue and relief operations.

Hyderabad was cut off from Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, with access becoming difficult on the national highways connecting Vijayawada and Bengaluru. Many parts of Hyderabad did not have electricity for hours. This hit the city’s IT sector hard as many techies lost broadband connections in the absence of power.

Greater Hyd’s wettest day as city gets month’s rainfall in 24 hours

Wednesday went down as the rainiest day in the history of Greater Hyderabad, as the city received a month’s rain on a single day, bringing life to a crippling halt.

The city and its outskirts recorded 324.5 mm rainfall in just 24 hours, according to the Telangana State Development Planning Society.

“Since the deep depression was centered over Hyderabad, it led to torrential rains. But it was unprecedented as our observatory has never witnessed such a high amount of rainfall in October,” said Naga Ratna, incharge director, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

In Andhra Pradesh, heavy rains triggered by the deep depression left behind a trail of destruction in several coastal districts with scores of villages going under water. As many as 98 villages in Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, West Godavari and Krishna districts remained under flood water for the second day.

In north Karnataka, heavy rain over Monday and Tuesday flooded roads and fields, destroyed crops and damaged houses. A 70-yearold woman died in Gadag district on Wednesday as her house collapsed.

Rain in Telangana also led to heavy discharge into Karnataka rivers, with all major dams in the Cauvery and Krishna basins brimming and their floodgates opened once again. Kalaburagi, Yadgir and Bidar were the worst hit, officials said.

Heavy rain continued to batter south Odisha for the third consecutive day on Wednesday leading to waterlogging in several areas, with Ganjam and Gajapati districts being the worst affected.

29 Oct

Delhi, 32.2°C/ 12.5°C: 2020

Priyangi Agarwal, The Times of India

Delhi recorded its coldest night in the month of October in 26 years on Thursday when the minimum temperature dropped to 12.5°C, three notches below normal.

Kuldeep Srivastava, scientist at IMD and head, Regional Weather Forecasting Centre, said, “The average minimum temperature of October is 19.1°C, but the minimum temperature recorded on 29 Oct 2020 morning (24-hour average) at Safdarjung observatory was nearly seven degrees below it.”

See also

January weather in India <> February weather in India <> March weather in India <> April weather in India <> May weather in India <> June weather in India <> July weather in India <> August weather in India <> September weather in India <> October weather in India <> November weather in India <> December weather in India

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