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A cold wave-like situation over Vidharbha has led to a sudden dip in mercury, with the temperature in Pune and other cities in Maharashtra falling below 10 degrees Celsius again. On Saturday, the minimum temperature recorded in the city was 8 degrees Celsius, the lowest recorded temperature this year. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), temperatures will remain below the 10 degrees Celsius mark for the next 48 hours.
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Clear skies and an active western disturbance moving in the northern region of the country has resulted in an active cold wave in Vidharbha, said meteorologists. The cold wave has affected temperatures across the state, with Ahmednagar, Pune, Satara and Nashik recording temperatures that are lower than normal. A western disturbance in a non-monsoon precipitation system which results in cloudy skies and triggers rains in the northern parts of the country, and leads to a cold wave in other states.
The system has lead to cloudy skies in Shimla, while cities in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have reported lower temperatures. On Saturday, when Pune recorded 8 degrees Celsius, Shimla recorded a minimum temperature of 12.7 degrees Celsius. Similarly, Nashik and Ahmednagar recorded 8.4 and 6.4 degrees Celsius as their minimum temperatures respectively.
Mahesh Palawant, a meteorologist with Skymet, said the plunging mercury was mainly due to active northeasterly winds. The active western disturbance results in cold north-easterly winds originating from the Himalayan regions, bringing the temperature down on the plains, he said. However, Palawant said the situation will change in the next 24 hours, as the cyclonic storm Vardah is about to make landfall along the Andhra Pradesh coast. After that, the wind direction will change into a south-westerly, which will lead to higher temperatures and cloudy skies in Pune.