IMPHAL, Dec 15 – Manipur is in the grip of a cold wave as the mercury plunged to 3.7 degree celsius in the State capital today. The maximum temperature recorded was 22.7 degree, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Imphal sources said.The minimum temperature of the volatile State that has around 10 degree celsius in an average this month, has been gradually going down since Friday recording 8.4 degree celsius.
Besides the State capital, the severe cold wave conditions also prevailed in other hill district headquarters of the State as Chandel recorded a minimum of 4.3 degree celsius today, weather data observer of the ICAR, Imphal informed.
Similarly, hilly Tamenglong district headquarter, around 155 km west of here have been experiencing unusual cold since the last few days. “We’ve been facing chilly wind in the night forcing us to stay indoors,” says D Kamei, a resident of Tamenglong over phone. “There are also reports of snowfall in some parts of the town two days back.”
However, Tamenglong on record had a minimum temperature of just 6.4 degree celsius on Wednesday against Tuesday’s 6.5. Churachandpur and Ukhrul are also experiencing similar cold waves.
So far January 21 having a minimum temperature of 2 degree celsius is the coldest day of the current year against last year’s 2.3 degree celsius as per Meteorological Office Imphal records on January 13.
“Even though coldest day of the year 2010 was in January, people feel colder this fortnight because fog has remained for a longer period,” MET office sources said.
The cold wave has forced households in Manipur to burn a huge amount of charcoal to burn their meiphu (local heater).