Cold weather hits Indian mangoes

Variable weather hits Indian mangoes

Wet and cold weather in many Indian states during flowering has meant mango exports are already considerably lower than normal, with wholesale prices doubling in some cases.

Amrut Farms and Processes in the western Indian state of Gujarat has 2,500 Kesar mango trees exporting small volumes to the U.K., as well as supplying two exporting companies.

Owner Rishikesh Sojitra said his farm’s yields would be 50% lower this season compared to the previous one due the weather.

“Fruit setting was affected because it was colder than normal after flowering, resulting in lower pollination. It has affected us very badly.”

He said normal temperatures from December to February were around the 22-25°C (71.6-77°F) but this season temperatures were only 12°C (53.6°F).

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Unusual March cold wave makes Maharashtra shiver

Unusual March cold wave makes Maharashtra shiver
Mar 9, 2012

PUNE: Ahmednagar shivered at 7.3 degrees celsius while Pune recorded the state’s second lowest minimum temperature at 10.1 degrees celsius as a cold wave prevailed over parts of central Maharashtra on Thursday.

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At 8.8C, Thursday was third coldest day ever in Mumbai

At 8.8C, Thursday was third coldest day ever in Mumbai
February 10, 2012

MUMBAI: Wednesday was one of those rare nights when all fans had to be switched off and people living on the streets gathered around small fires. Thursday’s minimum temperature – recorded in the early hours – was Mumbai’s third coldest day ever and second coldest day in the last 50 years.

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Unusual cold snap strikes North India as death toll rises to 135

Unusual cold snap strikes North India as death toll rises to 135
January 26, 2012

The death toll in a cold wave sweeping through northern India has risen to around 135, media reports say.

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New Delhi: Cold weather kills scores

Cold weather kills scores
January 1, 2010

New Delhi – At least 17 people died as towns and cities in India’s northern states were hit by cold weather, officials said on Friday.

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India Meteorological Department: “It could turn out to be the coldest Calcutta winter ever.”

It’s 11.4 degrees and dipping
December 28, 2009

Calcutta is galloping towards the 10-degree mark with the Celsius on Sunday dipping to a decade’s December low of 11.4 degrees.

The minimum temperature touching three degrees below normal, the weatherman was eyeing the coveted cold reading “within 48 hours”.

An official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) in Delhi said: “It looked a little uncertain on Saturday, but Sunday’s further fall seems to have sealed the deal, with the minimum temperature likely to be around 10 degrees Celsius by Wednesday. It could turn out to be the coldest Calcutta winter ever.”

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Mumbai: Record cold

Mumbai cold
23 Feb 2009

India’s largest city experienced a record low temperature nearly two weeks ago, part of a stretch of cold weather that has gripped the city much of this month

The financial hub of India saw temperatures plunge to 6.5 degrees Celsius February 8, the lowest temperature ever recorded in the city. The previous low, recorded January 27th, 1962, was 7.4 degrees. Such temperatures are almost unheard of in the subtropical city that rarely experiences cold due to its coastal position near the hot Arabian Sea.

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Official: bitter cold kills 14 in north India

Official: bitter cold kills 14 in north India
January 4, 2009

LUCKNOW, India — A bitter, near-freezing cold has killed at least 14 homeless people in northern India since the new year began, a government official said Saturday.

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Blizzard traps thousands in India

Blizzard traps thousands in India
December 27, 2008

GANGTOK: A trip to the snow-laden Changu Lake turned into a nightmare for more than 3, 500 tourists including hundreds of children on Friday. They were trapped in snowstorm conditions with the temperature dipping to minus 15 degrees at a killing altitude of 13,300 feet before the army pulled them to safety.

The majority of those trapped were from Bengal. Hundreds fell ill, shivering in the icy cold as their vehicles remained stranded near Changu and Baba Mandir for hours. Clad in just jackets and scarves, the holidayers were hardly prepared, mentally or physically, to encounter a blizzard.

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