Nagpur: It was the season’s lowest temperature in Nagpur on Friday, 13 January. Thanks to the prevailing cold wave, Nagpur broke the record of this season as it witnessed 7.2 degrees Celsius on Friday morning, which was 6 degrees below normal. However on Saturday morning, the temperature rose to 8.5 degree celsius.
Friday’s lowest has made Nagpur the second coldest district in Vidarbha this season with Gadchiroli, at 6.5 degree, being the district with the season’s lowest so far in the region.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had expected the minimum temperature to rise to 10 degrees Celsius on Saturday, however it stood at 8.5 degree Celsius.
During the cold wave, the city also experienced the lowest maximum temperature of the season on Wednesday at 24.3 degree, four notches below normal, with Thursday also experiencing 24.5 degree, three notches below normal, during the day.
The IMD expects the cold waves to mellow down from Saturday, while the haze will start diminishing from January 18 in the city. According to the IMD forecast on Thursday, the haze was gradually going to leave the region from January 15. However, the latest forecast says haze will continue for the next week or so, except for Nagpur city.
The weatherman has also predicted that as the cold wave leaves the region after January 15, the region might experience rainfall at isolated places.
Past data shows that since 2000 the city’s lowest temperature of the season had never gone below 7.2 degree until 2011. After that, the lowest temperature has never been above 6.3 degree until this year. Since 2011, the lowest of the season was 5.6 degree (on January 10, 2016), 5.3 degree (January 10, 2015), 5 degree (December 29, 2014), 5.6 degree (January 9, 2013), 6.3 degree (December 26-27, 2012) and 5.7 degree (January 7, 2011).