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Warmer winter this year

M. Malleswara Rao

HYDERABAD: This winter was devoid of the usual cold wave and, in fact, even warmer than earlier years.

This is not just a perception but a fact substantiated by temperatures recorded by the Met office. These figures showed that a majority of places in the State recorded higher minimum temperatures during the winter, which can now be considered to have ended, compared to last year. Night temperatures were higher by one to two degrees. Even in the peak winter from mid-December to mid-January, chilly nights were few and far between.

The lowest night temperature recorded anywhere in the State in January 2009 was 10 degrees C (at Arogyavaram on January 19), two degrees higher than what was recorded in the same month last year at the same place (8 degrees C on January 11).

That the night temperatures in Hyderabad are rising is clear from the fact that the lowest temperature this month was 13.6 degrees C (January 22) compared to 12.8 degrees C on December 28 (2008).

The coldest night ever in the State capital was on January 8, 1946, when the temperature dropped to 6.1 degrees C. However, the mercury dipped to 4.4 C on December 17 in 1897 in Nizamabad, the lowest in the State’s recorded history.

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