Pune, 16th January 2024: The persistent cold wave and dense fog gripping North India have cast their chilly influence on Maharashtra, particularly in the northern regions. According to reports, the minimum temperature in North Maharashtra has plummeted below 10 degrees Celsius, signaling a spell of cold weather anticipated to persist over the next four days.
Dr. Anupam Kashyapi, head of weather forecasting at India Meteorological Department (IMD) Pune, highlighted the continuous flow of cold winds from the west, primarily originating in the Himalayan regions. This phenomenon has led to a widespread cold wave engulfing North India, including the capital city, Delhi. Consequently, the minimum temperature in North Maharashtra has dipped below the 10-degree mark.
Cities in North Maharashtra experienced notably low minimum temperatures on Tuesday, with Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar (Aurangabad) recording 9.2 degrees Celsius, Jalgaon at 9.4 degrees Celsius, Ahmednagar at 9.6 degrees Celsius, and Nashik at 9.8 degrees Celsius. Even Pune, in the western part of the state, witnessed a drop in the minimum temperature to 10.8 degrees Celsius.
The prevailing weather pattern indicates that the cold conditions are expected to persist for the next four days. The minimum temperature in North Maharashtra is projected to hover between eight and nine degrees Celsius, while other parts of the state may witness a decline of two to three degrees Celsius in the minimum temperature. Additionally, the Meteorological Department has forecasted morning fog, adding to the intensifying cold over the next four days. Residents are advised to take necessary precautions and brace themselves for the prolonged winter chill.