Met: Mercury to hover around 16-17 degrees for next 48 hrs

The minimum temperature in November has been hovering above 15 degrees Celsius with the city witnessing no dip in night temperature. On Monday, the Met department recorded a minimum of 16.7 degrees Celsius and forecast the temperature to hover around 16-17 degrees for the next two to three days.

The minimum temperature has been on a rise at present due to moisture incursion into the atmosphere, said Met officials. "As this system is witnessed around north Maharashtra coast now, the moisture content in the air persists which gives rise in minimum temperature. Unless the system weakens and gives way to northern winds, the temperature is likely to be on the higher side,'' said Met department officials.

From November 1, the temperature has been around 16 degrees that also reached 18 degrees on November 4-5, while it was around 19 degrees on November 2. However on October 30, the city had recorded the lowest minimum temperature for the month at 12.7 degrees celsius, which was 3.7 degrees below normal. The Met department had then forecast the night temperature to remain between 16-17 degrees with the day temperature to be above 30 degrees.

Earlier, the rise in night temperature in the first week of November was attributed to the influence of cyclonic storm Nilam that hit Tamil Nadu and coastal Andhra Pradesh. On November 3, the cyclonic system had weakened into a well-marked low pressure area and subsequently weakened to a low pressure area and immediately with the moisture content decreasing in parts of southern Maharashtra and Vidarbha there was a slight dip in temperature.

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