The city recorded the lowest minimum temperature for the season on Friday at 15.7 degrees Celsius. With the withdrawal of south-west monsoon from the country,the minimum temperatures were hovering around 16-17 degrees in the last two days.
However,the Met department does not expect the temperatures to dip further as the north-east monsoon winds over Tamil Nadu,Kerala and Andhra Pradesh will bring in moisture and cloud that would result in rain. Pune and other parts of South Maharashtra will receive rain after October 21-22, said IMD,Pune,deputy director general Medha Khole.
Todays minimum temperature is the lowest for the season, added Khole. Many cities on Friday recorded lower minimum temperatures Ahmednagar at 15.2 degrees Celsius,Malegaon at 11.5 degrees,Mahabaleshwar at 17.1 degrees and Nashik at 16.2 degrees.
She said the rain will continue till October 25 where the city and other parts of the state may receive rainfall due to the moisture in the air. She said with no marked phenomenon to declare the onset of winter,the temperature might gradually dip after October 25 due to reduction in moisture.
The south-west monsoon retreated from the city on October 13 while from the entire country it did two days ago. The Met had stated that the maximum temperature would rise,while the minimum temperature would dip in the next few days. Met officials said day temperatures were on a rise due to direct solar heating while the night temperature dipped due to cooling of atmosphere as clear skies will see that there is no cloud cover the stop the radiation. The maximum temperature was around 33 degrees Celsius,while in the last few days the minimum temperature was 32.4 degrees.
The IMD declares withdrawal of monsoon in phases,subject to fulfilment of three criteria_ five days of continuous dry spell in a given area,reduction in moisture content and a change in the wind pattern. The first withdrawal,from the extreme parts of west Rajasthan,was declared on September 24,over three weeks after its normal date of September 1. Subsequently,the monsoon retreated from the north and northwestern states till September 26 and the process was stalled thereafter due to low pressure area (LPA) in west central Bay of Bengal and adjoining coast of Andhra Pradesh.