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January was Delhi's warmest in 19 years

The average temperature in New Delhi this January was the highest during the past 19 years, the India Meteorological Department said.

delhi Updated: Feb 04, 2009 20:54 IST

The average temperature in New Delhi this January was the highest during the past 19 years, the India Meteorological Department on Wednesday said.

"The average temperature of 15.3 degrees Celsius in January is the highest during the past 19 years. The average minimum temperature of January in Delhi was 8.9 degrees Celsius against the normal of 7.3 degrees Celsius, which is also the highest during the past 19 years," the Met Office said in a report.

"The average maximum temperature of January was 21.7 degrees Celsius against the normal of 21.1 degrees Celsius over Delhi which is the second highest during the past 19 years," it added.

According to the report, the average maximum temperatures of January were above normal by 2 degrees Celsius or more over Chhattisgarh, south Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha, Marathwada, north Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland and parts of Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Konkan and Goa and Orissa.

Similarly, the average minimum temperatures of the month were above normal by 2 degrees Celsius or more over many parts of Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat and some parts of Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Gangetic West Bengal, central Maharashtra, Vidarbha, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh.

"The main reasons for such abnormally high temperatures include western disturbances that affected only the extreme northern and north-western parts of the country," the statement said.