New Year brings warm tidings as minimum temp surges 3°C
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The New Year began on a warm note with minimum temperature surging by almost 3°Celsius from the previous day to touch 20°Celsius, the highest Jan-1 minimum in almost a decade. The maximum temperature in January 1 hovered at 31°Celsius.
On December 31, the minimum was 17.2°Celsius. According to officials, minimum temperatures generally soar as December ends. Last year, January 1 recorded 18.1°Celsius minimum, a climb from the previous day's minimum.
Tuesday's 20°Celsius is stated to be the highest recorded minimum temperature since January 1, 2003.
Met officials said the increase was due to moisture incursion caused by the easterly and southeasterly waves coming into the state from the Bay of Bengal, increasing humidity and causing temperatures to rise.
Most parts of the state recorded a minimum of 16-20°Celsius. Solapur registered the highest minimum of 22°Celsius.
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