IMPHAL, April 21 – Manipur has been experiencing the warmest days in the last five years, according to Meteorological (MET) office here.
MET office at Tulihal airport complex near Imphal claimed to have recorded the highest temperature of 35.6 degree Celsius and lowest at 16.9 degree Celsius on Sunday followed by similar temperature of 35.6 degree Celsius and lowest at 18.9 degree Celsius on Monday. The State had recorded the previous highest temperature on April 27, 1979 (34.4 degree Celsius).
The maximum temperature recorded on Sunday was one of the highest temperature recorded in the history of MET office Imphal which was opened on February 19, 1952.
“Imphalites will experience the hottest summer in Manipur’s climate history if the existing trend continues in the coming days,” said an official of MET office. “It may even hit agricultural practices in the region”, he added.
However, according to former Officer in Charge of MET office Kh Meghachadra, the highest maximum temperature recorded between 1952 and 1990 was 35.6 degree Celsius as per Climatological table at National Data Centre, Pune. Interestingly, the same maximum temperature was also recorded on April 28, 1979. This record was, however, surpassed on April 28, 1999, by recording 36.1 degree Celsius, he said.
“In Meteorology, March-May is considered hot weather season and from June onwards, we have the southwest monsoon, what we locally refer to as Kumgi Nong (seasonal rain),” he added.
The unprecedented rise in the maximum temperature was also reported in Imphal East, Churachandpur and Tamenglong districts.
Tamenglong, the western district of Manipur recorded the highest maximum temperature of 35.89 degree Celsius on Sunday among all the nine districts of the State.