Chandigarh has recorded warmest January in the past six years. The average maximum temperature was as high as 19.6 degrees Celsius in January. Weather officials have predicted warm February as well.
Maximum temperature remained above normal throughout the month, except on four days when the day’s temperature dipped to below normal. Nights were equally warmer with average minimum temperature recorded at 7.9 degrees.
Since 2010, a common trend in temperature has been noticed. While the average maximum temperature increases in one year, it shows a dip in the next year and vice-versa. But average day’s temperature never crossed the mark of 19 degrees in the past seven years, as it did in January 2016.
Talking about the reasons, officer from the meteorological department said, “Weak and shallow western disturbances because of El-Niño effect are the main reasons behind warm winters. It has also led to poor rainfall. Its impact will remain till March end.”
El Nino is characterised by unusually warm ocean temperature in the equatorial Pacific. The warmer ocean temperatures lead to important consequences around the globe. Rise in temperature is going to adversely impact the crops. Moreover, chances of increase in vector and waterborne diseases are also there. Mosquito breeding will begin early. Experts said the temperature will continue to rise for the next couple of days. However, there is a prediction of western disturbances around February 6-7, which will lead to cloudy days. The maximum temperature will further rise from February 12-25 leading to warm weather.