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Warmest winter in 19 years

india Updated: Jan 30, 2007 15:53 IST
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CITIZENS THIS year experienced their warmest winter in 19 years with the mercury not going below 8.6 degree Celsius during the entire season. The City along with most parts of central, western and southern Madhya Pradesh faced fewer colder days than normal.

Minimum temperature during winters in Bhopal normally go down to the six degrees mark. However, this year the mercury stuck at 8.6 degrees Celsius, that too only on January 14 and 18. Apart from these two days, for most of the season the minimum temperature remained well over nine degrees.

With winter more or less passé, a little before due time this year, there are no chances that temperatures will plunge any further making this winter the warmest in last 19 years, the Regional Meteorological Centre director Dr DP Dubey said.

In 1988, the lowest minimum for season was recorded at 9.0 degree Celsius on January 26 and 27. Before that in 1985 and 1982 the lowest minimum were recorded at 9.6 (on January 4 and 24) and 9.2 (January 14) degrees respectively. “Thus, higher minimum temperatures are not too uncommon for Bhopal, but certainly not a norm,’’ Dr Dubey said. January is the coldest month for this part of the country and temperatures often go down to 6 degrees Celsius mark.

This year minimum temperatures were recorded around the 10-11 degrees mark for most of the time, going down to the 9 degrees mark on few days.  Similar conditions were witnessed in majority parts of the State except for some districts of Northern Madhya Pradesh – mainly the Gwalior-Chambal division in parts of which the temperatures went down to even the 3 degrees mark.

The warm winter has been attributed to the El Nino Effect that generated very strong westerly jet streams (wind of velocity more than 400 km per hour) that in turn led to formation of consecutive western disturbances. These western disturbances were formed so close to each other that the northerly surge of wind towards the State was more or less prevented, keeping the temperatures high.

Rise in night temperature
The cyclonic circulation over western Madhya Pradesh that resulted in a cloud cover over the entire State and Chhattisgarh since Sunday brought a light but considerably long spell of drizzle on Monday night. During the day too, some parts of the Capital recorded light stray showers. Ujjain and Indore also recorded trace rains on Monday as per the met office.

The showers started in the Capital around 9.30 pm and continued for quite some time making it pleasant following a stuffy day.

The more major impact of the cloud cover was however a drastic jump in night temperatures across the State although it brought about a slight drop in day temperature. The minimum temperature in capital on Sunday night was recorded at 18.4 degrees – which was as much as seven degrees above normal and almost four degrees over the minimum temperature of night earlier – that was 14.6 degrees. In other parts of the State too, night temperatures remained quite high.

Indore recorded 18.7, Gwalior – 14.7 and Jabalpur recorded 16.4 degrees of minimum temperature. Dr Dubey said the effect of the cyclonic circulation would remain over the State till Tuesday after which the cloud cover would disappear and day temperatures might drop a bit. However, night temperatures would continue to remain on high side, he said.