If you felt a chill after your New Year’s Eve bash it wasn’t only because of your little black dress. The first day of the year was the coldest this season, with temperatures dropping to as low as 13 degrees Celsius. The previous coldest day this season was December 23, when temperatures fell to 13.4 degrees Celsius.
After a pleasant week, with temperatures hovering around 17 degrees Celsius, the chill is back for the rest of the weekend, according to the weather department.
“The sudden dip in temperature is a result of strong northerly winds bringing the chill from the currently frozen Himalayas,” said RV Sharma, deputy director general (western region), Indian Meteorological Department.
While on Friday the minimum temperature was 15.6 degrees Celsius, on Saturday morning it fell by three degrees. The maximum temperature was 28 degrees Celsius.
“A cyclonic circulation over Rajasthan has induced a western disturbance, which is also effecting the weather in Mumbai,” said VK Rajeev, director, regional weather forecasting centre.
After partying all night long, people enjoyed the cool morning curled up in their quilts. “I returned home at 7 am. It was chilly and I slept through the day,” said Mayur Patel from Andheri. “The cold made the New Year feel more authentic.”
The coldest January day so far has been January 22, 1962, when the temperature dropped to 7.4 degrees Celsius.