The Indian Meteorological Department of the city has announced that nights in 2015 have been the warmest since the inception of records.
Talking to HT, director, IMD, Surender Paul said, “At 18.5 degrees, Chandigarh recorded highest annual average minimum (night) temperature since the maintenance of the records of meteorological department, that is, since 1971.”
He added that a trend had been observed in 2015 that nights had started recording temperature above normal. Some of the reasons of it could be increasing vehicular traffic, urbanisation, increase in pollution levels and global warming among others.
Meanwhile, the New Year’s eve recorded the warmest in last 10-15 years. The maximum temperature recorded on Thursday was 23.4 degrees and it was 2 degrees above normal.
The minimum temperature recorded was 5.8 degrees. However, the city will witness cloudy days on first two days of January 2016, and there is also a possibility of light rainfall post January 3.
The weather department has predicted cloudy skies on January 1 and 2. The maximum temperature will remain around 22 degrees while the minimum will be around 7 degrees.
“Partly cloudy sky; mist/shallow fog would occur during morning hours,” mentions the weather forecast.
“Friday and Saturday will remain cloudy. The moisture level will go up but there is no possibility of rainfall. It is on January 4 and 5, when one can expect light rainfall in the city,” said Paul.