IMPHAL, Jan 5 � Winter seems to have faded away from the Northeastern State of Manipur with the minimum temperature suddenly rising from New Year Day onwards.
Residents did not feel the chill this season. Rather a warm weather prevails in the State. Normally, December-end and beginning of January every year are known to be the height of winter season in Manipur.
Environmentalists here have observed that this year�s winter season did not look like winter as compared to yester years. �I think climate change is happening in Manipur as well,� a resident here said.
December recorded an average minimum temperature of about 5-7 degree Celsius as per the daily weather reports by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Lamphelpat office in Imphal and Directorate of Environment, Government of Manipur office at Porompat here.
But all of a sudden, both the minimum and maximum temperatures recorded at Porompat in Imphal East and Lamphelpat in Imphal West district seems to have risen up from the last day of 2014 ( December 31) and subsequently both the days and nights are warmer in the State since New Year Day onwards.
The minimum and maximum temperature recorded on December 31 at Lamphelpat area was 11.2 and 21.2 degree Celsius against 9.56 and 24 degree Celsius on December 30. At Porompat area the temperatures recorded were 12.48 and 22.61 degree Celsius against 6.9 and 22.7 degree Celsius on December 30.
Interestingly, on December 20 last, the State capital had recorded a minimum temperature of three degree Celsius as per ICAR weather reports and emerged the coldest day of this winter so far.
The State recorded 8.4 mm of rainfall in the past 24 hours bringing down the mercury on January 5 afternoon with chilly winds sweeping across the valley areas.