Day temperatures drop in city due to cold spell in the north

Namrata Devikar
Monday, 28 January 2019

As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Pune city experienced a jump in minimum temperature from 8.3 degrees Celsius on Saturday to 14.1 degrees Celsius on Sunday.

Pune: As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Pune city experienced a jump in minimum temperature from 8.3 degrees Celsius on Saturday to 14.1 degrees Celsius on Sunday. The maximum temperature in the city was 26.1 degrees Celsius on Saturday, which is 4.6 degrees below normal.

Temperature fluctuations during the day were also reported in Vidarbha and other cities in central Maharashtra, as day temperature was reported to be six to eight degrees below normal temperature as predicted.

On Sunday, Pune city reported maximum day temperature of 26.6 degrees Celsius. This was 4.1 degrees less than what was predicted by the IMD.

Mahesh Palawat, Vice President, Meteorology and Climate Change with Skymet, a private meteorological service, said that the sudden temparature drop was due to north-easterlies winds.

“These winds are cooler and come from the northern parts of the country, which is now experiencing snowfall and drop in temperature. The north Konkan and Goa region as well as northern parts of Maharashtra are witnessing low temperatures due to these winds,” he said. 

“However, the sudden increase in night temperatures can be attributed to the increase in the south-westerly winds. These winds are comparatively warmer and attribute to the increase in temperature,” said Pahalwat.

He further added that these situations will continue till January end. “After that, there will be a steady rise in day as well as night temperatures,” added Palawat. IMD has also forecast that the weather in the State as well as Goa shall remain dry till January 31.

Temperature across the country
On Sunday, the lowest minimum temperature recorded was 2.1 degrees Celsius in Churu in west Rajasthan. On Sunday, dense fog was observed in isolated pockets of east Uttar Pradesh. Also, moderate fog was observed in isolated pockets of Assam, Meghalaya, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, east Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in the early hours of Sunday.

IMD predicted that thunderstorm accompanied with hailstorm at isolated places likely on January 31 over lower reaches of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu division of Jammu and Kashmir. During the same time, heavy snow or rainfall at isolated places are likely over Jammu and Kashmir.
 

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