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37ºC & rising: Summer of ’09 arrives in Feb

Mercury levels are rising like never before as the city witnessed a scorching 37.3°C on Thursday,the highest for the season.

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.

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Around this time last February,Puneites were still experiencing wintry conditions,she said.

First published on: 27-02-2009 at 03:07 IST
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