Mumbai recorded its coldest day in January in a decade on Sunday as the mercury touched the 10°Celsius mark. The minimum temperature was six degrees below normal, a sharp drop from 16°C on Saturday.
Mumbai was also the third coldest city in the state after Pune (9.2°C) and Nashik (6.2°C).
Even the maximum temperature was four degrees below normal at 26.8° C. Before this the mercury had dropped close to Sunday’s temperature three years ago on January 27, 2008 when the city shivered at 10.2°C.
“On Saturday, a low pressure area on the ground brought rains to parts of southern Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha and Chhattisgarh. The rainfall in turn brought in cold northerly winds in the city leading to a sharp decline in the minimum temperature,” said VK Rajeev, director, western region, India Meteo-rological Department (IMD).
For instance, on January 9, the minimum temperature had dropped to 11°C, which was the coldest day of the month since 2009. The next two days are likely to be chilly as well, according to the IMD.