The city on Sunday recorded the lowest minimum temperature of the season at 7° Celsius. The met department stated that it is the lowest recorded this winter in Pune and is expected to dip to 6 °C. In their forecast they said cold wave conditions would prevail in the entire state, especially in central Maharashtra and Marathwada. Barring Konkan and Goa most parts of the state had minimum temperatures deviating from normal. In Pune, temperatures were 3 °C below normal levels. The minimum temperatures for the city was lower than Mahabaleshwar, where 10.4°C was recorded.
Nagpur recorded the lowest minimum, 5.3 °C. The met department stated that cold wave conditions brought in by northerlies will prevail. Moisture in the air (humidity) in the first week was reduced due to western disturbances.
Nights will be colder in the coming days, said meteorological officials. The next 48 hours will see temperature dipping further, it is likely to soar after that because of a low pressure system taking up humidity. Last week, the temperatures hovered at 13-14°C but by the end of the week temperatures started dipping and on Friday it dropped to 8.7° C. On Saturday, mercury plunged to 7.4 °C and the department had forecast it would dip to even 6 °C in 48 hours.
The department said local conditions like clear skies lead to a rise in maximum temperatures a dip in minimum. The minimum temperatures in January had dipped to as low as 1.7 °C on January 17, 1935. Some of the lowest January temperatures were, 4.7 °C (on January 27, 2006), 5.8 °C (in 2008) and 5.3 °C in 2011.