ON FRIDAY, the city recorded the lowest temperature for the month of January at 7.3 degree celsius, which was four degrees below normal. The met department recorded a dip in both maximum and minimum temperatures by four degree celsius for the city, making it the lowest for the winter season for the city.
“With the central India seeing mercury levels dip, the cold air blowing in that region is also covering our region, bringing down the maximum and minimum temperatures in the city. The cold and dry air advection (transport of some property of the atmosphere or ocean, such as heat, humidity or salinity) will see the minimum temperatures hover around 8-9 degree celsius for Saturday and it is expected to rise later on,” said Sunita Devi, director weather central IMD, Pune.
She further said that usually the winters for central India is generally assessed for January and February, and so it is the lowest for this year. In the northern parts of the country, December too is considered under the purview of winters unlike in these parts.
In the state too, the minimum temperatures dipped on Friday with the lowest recorded in Nashik at 5.5 degree celsius while Mahabaleshwar saw 10.1 degree celsius, Nanded 7 degree celsius and Gondhia 6.5 degree celsius. Last year, in January, the temperatures had dipped to 7 degree celsius the lowest for the season while there were consecutive days where the temperatures were hovering between 7 degree celsius and 7.4 degree celsius. The lowest-ever recorded minimum temperature for the month of January was recorded on January 17, 1935 at 1.7 degree celsius, says met department.