I was looking the definition of temperature in Merriam-Webster. In count noun section, I noticed a sentence with no article before "temperature".

If a noun is countable, we must use an article (a or the) before it. Is this rule inconsistent?

The sentence is as follows:

There was a sudden fall/drop in temperature.

A screenshot is below. Look at the second to last example.

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Words denoting measureable quantities can usually be used as uncountable in some contexts.

One such context is after in, as a prepositional phrase qualifying another phrase to specify the property:

a drop in temperature

an increase in size

decreased in number

small in area

great in value

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