New Delhi: Despite having the highest number of seven ‘cold wave’ days, India recorded the warmest January with the average minimum temperature warmest for the month in 62 years, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday. The all-India average minimum temperature in January 2021 was 14.78 degrees Celsius. The January of 1958 recorded a similar monthly minimum temperature, while January of 1919 recorded 15 degrees Celsius and it remains the warmest January so far.Also Read - Brace Yourself For Bitter Cold! IMD Predicts Further Drop in Temperature in These North Indian States | Deets Inside

South India was particularly warm. The month was the warmest in 121 years, with 22.33 degrees Celsius in south India, followed by 22.14 degrees Celsius in 1919 and 21.93 degrees Celsius in 2020 as the second and third warmest months. Also Read - 9 Expert Tips to Keep Your Pets Warm This Winter

Central India recorded the warmest minimum temperature (14.82 degrees Celsius) in the last 38 years since 1982 (14.92 degrees Celsius), while 1958 with 15.06 degrees Celsius was the warmest in the 1901-2021 period. Also Read - As Severe Cold Wave Grips Delhi-NCR, Homeless Take Refuge in Night Shelters

However, the maximum temperatures in January were below normal, the IMD said.

The spatial temperature pattern over India shows that the average monthly maximum temperatures in January 2021 were below normal by two to four degrees Celsius across the Indo-Gangetic plain.

Pockets over south Punjab and north Haryana, Bihar recorded temperatures three-four notches below normal, while it was above normal over the eastern parts of central India and the northeastern states.

The monthly average minimum temperatures were below normal by one or two notches only over a smaller area of the country covering Saurashtra and Kutch, Kashmir and parts of west Rajasthan, while it was warmer over most parts of India, the IMD said.

With Agency inputs