After the official withdrawal of monsoon from the city on October 16, the minimum temperatures that were fluctuating between 22 and 23 degrees Celsius, have taken a dip to 16 degree Celsius in the last two to three days in the city.
The Meteorological Department officials said in the last three days, the temperatures have been dipping on a regular basis. The IMD forecasts that the temperatures are likely to remain in the same range for the next six to seven days. “It is a gradual process,” they said.
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Officials said almost at all the stations there has been a dip in temperature and it is a a very normal and gradual process. “The night temperatures are getting cooler and incidentally the temperatures will continue to remain in range of 16-17 degree Celsius in the coming week,” said Met officials.
In its forecast, IMD said that the conditions are becoming favourable for further withdrawal of southwest monsoon from the remaining parts of the country during the next 3-4 days. The Met department stated that the night temperatures were markedly below normal in some parts of Odisha and of north interior Karnataka, Vidarbha, Telangana, some part of Assam and Meghalaya, West Bengal, east Madhya Pradesh, coastal Andhra Pradesh and parts of Odisha. They were above normal in some parts of Rajasthan and were Punjab.
The Met department said that almost all the stations saw the minimum temperatures dipping to 15 degree Celsius in the state while Mahabaleshwar hovering around 15-16 degree Celsius. The met department attributed the rapid drop in temperature to continuous flow of dry and cool northwesterly winds.
While the Met officials stated that the temperatures will remain near normal in most parts of the country in the next two weeks, the minimum temperature is likely to be below normal in central and east India from October 20.