The winter of 2023 is shaping Up to be an unusual phenomenon as up until January 8, India’s average maximum temperature, a good indicator of daytime temperatures, was 22.67 degrees Celsius. The fourth coldest year since 1951—the first year for which the IMD has recorded gridded temperature data—this is 1.45 degrees below the 1981–2010 average. Similar to the average maximum, the average minimum is 0.36 degrees below average and ranks 26th coldest since 1951.
These two sets of data demonstrate how unusually chilly the daytime temperatures have been for January thus far, which is colder than average. The ranks and deviations, however, clearly illustrate that nighttime temperatures are not as significantly below average as daytime temperatures. Here, this perception may contribute to how chilly this January seems.