The city witnessed its coldest February morning in the past four years on Tuesday, officials from the weather department said. The weather station at Santacruz recorded the minimum temperature at 14 degrees Celsius, 3.2 degree Celsius below normal. While the Colaba weather station recorded 18.3 degrees Celsius, 1.1 degree below normal. In February 2013, the city had recorded 13.2 degrees Celsius.
However, the lowest temperature recorded in the past five years, 8.8 degree Celsius, was on February 9, 2012. Similarly, an all-time low for February was recorded at 8.5 degrees Celsius on February 8, 2008.
Weather department attributed this dip in mercury to the shifting wind pattern over the city.
“The active western disturbance over Jammu and Kashmir has lead to the advection of cool northerly winds along the western coast with many areas in Gujarat recording the night temperature almost 5 degrees Celsius below normal. These cool winds are travelling at a high speed and have brought down temperatures in Mumbai,” said Shubhangi Bhute, director, Regional Meteorological Centre, India Meteorological Department. “We expect low temperatures to continue till Wednesday.”
Low night temperature aided air pollution, as pollutant measuring indicator jumped back to ‘poor’ category. As against an air quality index (AQI) of 134 (moderate) on Monday, the AQI on Tuesday was 204 (poor). Moreover, the maximum temperature recorded was almost 4 degrees Celsius below normal.