Pune, 24th January 2024: In an unexpected turn of events, Pune woke up to the coldest morning of the season, with temperatures plunging to single digits in some areas.
According to data from the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Shivajinagar recorded the temperature at 9.7°C, marking the first instance of single-digit temperatures this season. Pashan followed closely with 10.1°C, while the National Defence Academy (NDA) area reported a chilly 8.2°C.
The IMD suggests that the anticipated winter chill may not linger for long, disappointing residents who were hoping for a more extended cold spell. Anupam Kashyapi, the head of the weather forecasting division at IMD, Pune, attributed the milder winter to the intermittent incursion of moisture. He stated, “There is no likelihood of minimum temperatures dropping to single digits in the near future.”
Projections indicate that the minimum temperature may see a minor dip of 2-3°C in some areas, possibly reaching 10-11°C. However, this is expected to be a short-lived occurrence. Starting January 28, a potent western disturbance is forecasted to impact north India, particularly the western Himalayan regions, leading to a subsequent rise in temperatures.
Despite the temporary reprieve from the winter chill, the IMD warns that another dip in temperatures is on the horizon around January 31 to February 1. This rollercoaster of temperature fluctuations has left Puneites uncertain about the winter wardrobe, with woolens possibly making a reappearance after the passage of the disturbance.