After a hotter-than-usual February,as Puneites were bracing for a scorching summer,mercury on Friday went the other way,dipping to 8.8 degrees Celsius,four degrees below normal,the second lowest March temperature since 2003. The maximum temperature also went down by two degrees to 32 degrees Celsius on Friday.
There are north-westerlies blowing over Maharashtra,Konkan and Goa and the western parts of the state,which is making the minimum temperatures dip, said Sunita Devi,director,weather central,IMD. The north-westerlies are usual after a passing western disturbance.
She said that though it is not an unusual phenomenon such low March temperatures have not been witnessed in 10 years although in 90s one did see cooler conditions.
The lowest-ever temperature recorded for March is 7.2 on March 2,1908. The chart of extreme climate conditions shows all minimum temperatures above 10 degrees in the month except in 2003 where it was 9.9 on the Celsius scale.
Even as the dip is expected to continue for another day,there is another spell which the city is likely to witness next week with another western disturbance in the picture in the northern parts which will again see strong north westerlies in the area. There will again be a dip in temperature in the coming week because of this, said Devi.