Nagpur: Entire Vidarbha region including Nagpur is in the grip of shivering cold wave with Nagpur recording the season’s lowest temperature of 6.6 degree Celsius on Friday morning. There has been a significant decline in the mercury during the past one week. The city’s all time low temperature of 5.5 °C. On Wednesday the minimum temperature stood at 7.7 °C. While it slipped to 6.8 °C on Thursday it registered a further fall of 0.2 degree on Friday.
Shiraz Khan, Assistant Meteorologist (Grade-I) at Nagpur Met Office told Nagpur Today that the northerly winds blowing from Jammu-Kashmir impacted the weather in Nagpur and central India resulting in cold wave conditions. He however said that since the westerly winds have started hovering over Kashmir, the cold wave would now gradually become weak and there will be a nominal rise in temperature by one or two degree.
Yavatmal noted the minimum temperature of 6.2 °C on Thursday. It had previously recorded a similarly low temperature in 2010. Except for 2012’s 6.6°C and the two times it became 6.2°C, the minimum temperature in the town has not been around six degree for the last fifteen years.
“Cold wave conditions would prevail over parts of Vidarbha in the next two days. Mainly dry weather with temperatures ranging between 26°C and 8°C can be expected in the city for the next couple of days,” Khan added.
Maximum temperatures changed little across the region and were appreciably below normal on Thursday. Minimum temperatures rose over western part of the region and changed little over the eastern part. They were markedly below normal over west Vidarbha and appreciably below normal in the eastern part. Washim recorded highest maximum temperature of the region at 27°C.
A cold wave condition occurs when the minimum temperature is five degrees below normal. Any further departure of minimum temperature from normal is called a severe cold wave. Considering these definitions, the region is now undergoing a severe cold wave which the weathermen believe would continue for at least a week’s time. Within this time, other cities of the region, including Nagpur, may experience their all-time low temperatures.