Manipur was sweeping a searing cold wave, intensified by a thick fog cover and a biting northwest wind, with the mercury plunging on Thursday to 2.7 degrees Celsius.
The minimum temperature reported by the Manipur Center of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) at its Imphal location in Lamphelpat.
The average daytime temperature was 22.2 degrees Celsius.
Otherwise a minimum temperature of 3.1 degrees Celsius was registered on Wednesday by the state capital.
For the last four days, chill wind has been sweeping Imphal.
The maximum (average) temperature recorded on December 25 was 26.3 degrees Celsius on December 24, compared to 26.8 degrees Celsius, whereas the minimum temperature in the state has been around 4-5 degrees Celsius since December 20.
Between December 22 (4.1 degree C) and Friday (5.6 degree C), the temperature has slowly decreased, the study said.
Severe cold wave conditions have also prevailed over the past three-four days in hill district headquarters, particularly in Churachandpur, Kangpokpi, Senapati and Ukhrul, reports reaching here said.
According to charcoal traders and shop keepers in the state capital, with the sudden drop in temperature, charcoal consumption as well as the purchase of electric heaters are on the rise, particularly in Imphal Valley.
Compared to previous years, the cold wind came early this time, a weather observer said here.
Over the past few years, the cold wind usually came here in January.