Munnar Heatwave Disappoints Tourists: Hill Station Loses Cool Charm

Munnar’s Charm Wanes: Surging Temperatures Leave Tourists Unimpressed

Munnar, long cherished for its cool mountain climate, is currently grappling with a heatwave, much to the chagrin of tourists seeking solace from the scorching summer sun. On April 30th, temperatures spiked to a record-breaking 30°C (86°F), marking a stark departure from previous years.

Various factors contribute to this phenomenon. Data from the United Planters Association of South India (UPASI) observatory in Nallathanni indicates a consistent temperature rise of 2-4°C over recent years. In the 1990s, daytime temperatures rarely exceeded 25.5°C (77.9°F), with nights boasting a refreshing coolness of 16-17.4°C (60.8-63.3°F). Even throughout the 2010s, temperatures remained relatively moderate, with highs reaching 26.1°C (78.9°F) and lows averaging 15.7°C (60.3°F).

According to climate expert Rajeevan Irikkulam, the ongoing drought and absence of summer rains are the primary drivers behind the prevailing heatwave.

Tourists Bemoan the Vanishing Mist

For visitors accustomed to Munnar’s enchanting misty mornings and embracing coolness, the recent climate shift is disheartening. Anupama S, a frequent guest, fondly recalls past summer retreats to Munnar’s refreshing ambiance. She notes a tangible difference, with mornings now devoid of their signature mist. This disappointment resonates among tourists who flock here for the picturesque mist-covered hills and revitalizing breezes.

Nevertheless, amidst the sweltering conditions, there’s a glimmer of positivity. The blossoming Gulmohar trees lining the Kottarakkara-Dindigul National Highway and Kumily Munnar State Highway present a captivating sight, providing a vibrant backdrop for tourist snapshots, despite the less-than-ideal weather.

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