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Mercury touches 33°C, citizens unpack air coolers

AURANGABAD: The mercury levels are on the rise with the minimum temperature in the city being registered six degrees celcius above normal, while the maximum temperature touched a scorching 33 degrees celsius on Thursday.The maximum temperature was 2 degrees celsius above normal, while the minimum temperature was above average by 6 degrees celsius at 18.7 degrees celsius. The temperature is likely to shoot up further by February 15, India Meteorological Department (IMD) data showed.As per weekly the variation temperature data by the met department, mercury levels continued to remain above the normal range for both maximum and minimum temperatures.Among other Marathwada cities, maximum temperature in Nanded has already reached 35 degrees celsius, while Parbhani has been facing the heat with 34 degrees celsius."The trough from north interior Karnataka to central parts of Madhya Pradesh across Marathawada and Vidarbha that had extended upto 0.9 kilometer above mean sea level still persists. It is the reason behind above normal temperature ranges in Marathwada," IMA authorities said.Speaking with ToI, residents said they can feel the sudden rise in temeperatures."It is almost summer-like conditions though not much humidity is being felt in the air as of now. 

The heat is scorching during afternoon hours especially as the sky is clear," said Deepak Ranjangaokar , college-going youth.Jyoti Ambhore, a home-maker from Shivajinagar area, said that she has already switched to air-cooler during the day time. "We live in a single storey house and the ceiling fan is in fact acting like exhaust fan for hot terrace. To beat the heat during day time, air-cooler is the best option," she said.At 7.6 degrees celsius, the city had recorded its lowest minimum temperature of the current winter season on January 12. 

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