Munnar, considered the Kashmir of Kerala, on Wednesday morning was blanketed with thick frost which saw mercury plunging to minus three degrees. Sources said a thick blanket of fog engulfs the town and its periphery, a phenomenon which began since Tuesday morning. People are facing difficulty to commute on roads due to low visibility. A thin blanket of frost was seen in many parts of the hill station particularly in the higher reaches of Meesapulimala, Kolukkumalai, Gudarala, Kundala, Chenduvara and Kannimala areas located near Munnar. Interestingly, Marayur and Kanthalloor – panchayats adjacent to Munnar – which has never witnessed snowfall for the past several years received snowfall.
Minus degree Celsius was recorded on Wednesday. Usually, the temperature in Munnar declines to a minus degree by the beginning of December and ends throughout January. However, this year, the temperature declined to a minus degree only by January,” he said.