Pune city on Monday recorded the lowest minimum temperature in the state for the second time in the month. The minimum temperature touched 12.8 degree Celsius. Last week the temperature had dipped to 14.3 degree Celsius. Met department officials said the temperature is likely to dip further in the next two days.
The cold air advection is the cause of the dipping mercury levels in the central India. The western disturbances which were earlier prevalent has moved out making way for the cold northerlies. The local radiation and the clear sky conditions with low relative humidity helps in keeping the minimum temperatures low, said Medha Khole,deputy director general of IMD.
She said the present conditions are favourable for further dip in mercury. The winds which were flowing from north to south were bringing in cold waves with them to central India. Most parts of the state had witnessed rain till mid October as the withdrawal of southwest monsoon had delayed. But soon after monsoon withdrew,both Pune and Mumbai witnessed October heat.
On Monday,Punes temperature was lower than Mahabaleshwar,which recorded 13 deg Celsius. Amravati recorded 13.4 deg Celsius. On Monday,the highest maximum temperature recorded in the state was at Ratnagiri at 33.7 deg Celsius.
The lowest temperature of 4.6 degrees in November was recorded on November 27,1964. Mondays temperature is close to the temperature recorded in November 2006,which was 12.6 degree Celsius.