Surprise December rain has brought down temperatures in the city, making Sunday the coldest day this season, according to the Met department.
Humidity levels dropped by nearly half compared with Saturday: at Colaba, it was 33% compared with Saturday’s 73 %, while at Santacruz, 37% humidity was recorded, much lower than Saturday’s 70%.
At Santacruz, the minimum temperature on Sunday was 16.8 degrees Celsius, down by 5 degrees. At Colaba, minimum temperature fell by 2 degrees Celsius to 20.6 degrees.
Usually, maximum temperatures range between 30 and 32 degrees Celsius at this time of the year. Sunday, however, saw a drop to 29.8 degrees Celsius at Santacruz and 28 degrees Celsius at Colaba.
Weatherman said they are observing the trough in easterly winds over the Arabian Sea. The trough, which had been sitting over the western coast, has almost moved, so the required pattern for the season will set in, they said.
“Heavy showers in the early hours of Saturday were caused by this trough in the easterlies, from the Lakshadweep area to north Gujarat. It has moved now. The temperature seems to have reached normal on Sunday, which was the coldest day this season,” said VK Rajeev, director, India Meteorological Department (IMD), western region.
Chances of rainfall are few, but temperatures will remain low for the next 48 hours, he said.