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July temperatures rise in NE
Published on 20 Jul. 2009 11:36 PM IST
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Summer temperatures have shot up by almost five degrees on an average over the last two decades in North East India, a region nestled in hills and surrounded by rivers. With the entire region reeling under rainfall deficit this monsoon, the temperatures threaten to rise further. Guwahati recorded maximum 36.80C and minimum 27.20C yesterday, which were above normal by five degree and one degree respectively. The mean July temperature for the city during 1951-80 had been 31.8 degrees, as per the Indian Meteorological Department sources. According to UNI report, Arunachal Pradesh’s Pasigaht recorded maximum of 36.2 degree and minimum 27.1 degree yesterday, five degrees and three degrees above normal respectively. The mean temperature in the town for July during 1951-80 had been 30.5 degrees. Aizwal, yesterday’s maximum temperature was 30.8 degrees, six degrees above normal, while the mean temperature for July during 1951-80 had been 25.3 degree. Similarly, Imphal recorded 32.6 degree (five degree above normal) and minimum 23.2 degree (one degree above normal), with mean temperature for the current month being 28.8 degree between 1951-80. Kohima recorded maximum 28.3 degree (four degree above normal) and 18.1 degree (one degree below normal) yesterday, with 24 degree being the mean temperature for July between 1951-80. Shillong recorded maximum 26.1 degree (two degree above normal), while Agartala recorded maximum 35.2 degree (four degree above normal) and minimum 27 degree (two degree Celsius above normal). The mean temperatures for Shillong and Agartala for the month of July between 1951-80 had been 24.1 degree and 31.3 degree respectively. The states of Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura taken together have received 45 per cent deficit rainfall so far. Assam and Meghalaya taken together have recorded 43 per cent deficit rainfall while Arunachal Pradesh received 24 per cent deficit rains. Though some rainfall is expected soon, the deficit would only increase till the end of the season, Met sources said. Manipur and several districts of Assam have already been declared as affected by drought-like situation.

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