A cloudy day is forecast to turn clear by the time the IPL matches scheduled for today get underway in Bangalore and Mumbai.

The first match at Bangalore, scheduled to start at 4 pm, pits hosts Royal Challengers against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Though there is no forecast for precipitation, some caution is in order given the presence of a weather-making trough formation in the neighbourhood.

Running down from Vidarbha (Maharashtra) to South Tamil Nadu via interior Andhra Pradesh, this trough is more or less seasonal in nature and has been known to spawn thundery weather.

The day is forecast to start with scattered clouds and will be reasonably humid at 68 per cent. The humidity is expected to reduce as the day wears on, dropping by at least half by the time the match begins.

Wind speeds are expected to clock between 5 to 15 km/hr and will blow from a south to south-easterly direction.

Conditions are likely to be marginally difficult for the second match scheduled in Mumbai, if only because of the expected build-up in humidity. The match will kick off at 8 pm.

Humidity is forecast to scale up to 80 per cent even as a partly cloudy sky will become clear towards evening and into the night.

The minimum temperature is forecast at 26 deg Celsius as hosts Mumbai Indians take on the Delhi Daredevils. But wind speeds of 10 to 15 km/hr from north-northwest could offer some relief.

Winds are expected to carry moisture thanks to the arrival of a western disturbance from across the border.

Some of the associated wind bands would blow across the Northeast Arabian Sea, mopping up moisture in the process.

vinson.kurian@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on April 9, 2013)
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