At 6.9 degrees, mercury dips to third lowest in ten years

The temperature in the city has been in the range of 7-9 degree Celcius in the last three days. But on Monday, Pune recorded the lowest minimum temperature when the mercury touched 6.9 degree Celcius. This is the lowest recorded in the season and second lowest in the state. Ahmednagar recorded 6.1 degree celsius on Monday bringing in the cold wave conditions.

Pune's temperature was 4.5 degrees below the normal temperature and the third lowest recorded temperature in the last 10 years, according to the IMD.

In 2005, the city recorded 6.3 degree Celsius while in 2010 it was 6.5 degree Celsius followed by Monday's 6.9 degree Celsius. The all-time low for December was 3.3 degree Celsius recorded on December 27, 1968 .

"Monday's temperature recorded was the lowest for the season and this can be attributed to the cold northerlies. The cyclone Madi is presently moving in the north-easterly direction and it is expected to move in the south-westerly direction in the coming two to three days and this will again take up the minimum temperature,''said Medha Khole, DDG, IMD.

In November, temperature was around 10-11 degree Celsius. The lowest was 9.9 degree Celsius on November 17. This month the temperature dipped further to touch 7.8 degree Celsius on

December 8.

Minimum temperature also dropped in parts of Marathwada, Vidarbha and central Maharashtra, which stretches from Jalgaon/Nashik in the north to Kolhapur in the south with Pune in the centre. Ahmednagar was the coldest place in the state while Nashik and Jalgaon too recorded low temperature.

Earlier in the week, night temperature across the state had remained above 15 degrees Celsius due to the moisture incursion and humidity caused by the aftereffects of cyclonic storm 'Lehar', which formed on November 19 and dissipated on November 28.

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