Mercury levels are rising like never before as the city witnessed a scorching 37.3°C on Thursday,the highest for the season. This is against the highest temperature ever recorded in the city 42.3°C and that was during the peak of summer,way back in 1893. The Met department said summer has set in early with an anti-cyclone in central India causing the atmosphere to warm up uncharacteristically early.
Though February rarely sees the temperature go beyond 32-33°C,this time it soared to 35-36°C last week. The deputy director-general of the India Meteorological Department (IMD),Dr AB Mazumdar,said the city normally breaches the 40°C mark only in April.
With such high temperatures witnessed in January-February,we are set to see mercury levels rise to unusual levels in March, he said.
Director (weather central,IMD) Medha Khole attributed the trend to the anti-cyclonic conditions prevailing over central India leading to clear sky conditions,thus causing a rise in temperature. Summer has set in early this year and the city will see higher temperatures in the coming weeks, she said.
Around this time last February,Puneites were still experiencing wintry conditions,she said.