The city is experiencing a cold wave with minimum temperatures dropping for the fourth consecutive day, making Sunday the coldest day this season. With the Santacruz observatory recording a minimum temperature of 10.4 degrees Celsius, which is 6.8 dergees below normal, Sunday was also the third coldest day in January in a decade. At Colaba, the minimum temperature was 3.4 degrees below normal at 16.1 degrees.
A minimum temperature of 10 degrees Celsius was recorded on January 29 last year, which was the coldest January day in a decade, while the second coldest day in January was in 2008.
In the past week, minimum temperature has dipped from a high of 21.9 degrees Celsius to a windy and chilly 10.4 degrees Celsius on Sunday.
“The continuing cold wave conditions in northern India, persistent dry and cold winds and low humidity resulted in a drop of 2 degrees in the minimum temperature on Sunday. We expect the conditions to either remain as cold or there might be a slight increase in temperatures,” said VK Rajeev, director, IMD, western region.
The maximum temperature at both Colaba and Santacruz was 3 degrees below normal while the humidity was 44% and 39% respectively, making the conditions cold and dry.