Last week, on Saturday, the mercury had plunged in Pune and the city had recorded a minimum temperature of 8 degrees Celsius. Four days later,Pune recorded a minimum temperature of 15.4 degrees Celsius, the highest minimum temperature recorded in December in the city in the last 10 years.
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From 2006 to 2015, the lowest minimum temperature in December has swung between 10.9 degrees Celsius and 6.6 degrees Celsius.
According to the forecast by the India Meteorological Department, the minimum temperature is likely to remain high and hover around 15 degrees Celsius on Thursday as well, after which it is expected to dip by a degree each day and touch 10 degrees celsius by December 18-19.
Pune had recorded the lowest minimum temperature for the month on December 27, 1968, when the mercury had plummeted to 3.3 degrees Celsius.
“The cyclone has crossed the Chennai coast. It has weakened into a deep depression and is lying in the low-pressure area of southeast Arabian Sea and the coasts of Karnataka and Kerala. Due to this, the peripheral region, which includes Marathwada and southwest Maharashtra, has become cloudy and is witnessing a rise in temperature. Besides, there’s humidity in the air,” said an IMD official.
He added that there were chances of light rain in south Konkan and Goa on Thursday, while one or two areas in Pune were also likely to receive rainfall. The sky is likely to remain partly cloudy after December 15, according to the IMD.
Last week, when the minimum temperature in the city was lower than Shimla, the dip was caused by a cold wave in Vidarbha, a result of clear skies and an active western disturbance moving in the northern region of the country.
The wave had affected temperatures across the state; Ahmednagar, Pune, Satara and Nashik had recorded temperatures lower than normal.