The unusual dip in the city’s minimum temperatures has coaxed the weather bureau to conduct a study of the phenomenon.
Weather officials have observed that the city’s minimum temperature especially in the western suburbs has been abnormally fluctuating between 13 degree and 15 degree Celsius in the past few weeks. “We are collating data of the winter months for the past 30 years to check if this has happened earlier,” said RV Sharma, the western region deputy director general with the Indian Meteorological Department. The study is likely to be completed in 15 days.
On Sunday evening, the Santacruz weather station recorded a minimum temperature of 14 degree Celsius. South Mumbai was hotter at 19 degree Celsius. A disturbance over Jammu and Kashmir that caused an upper air cyclonic distribution in the central and western areas of the country is one of the reasons behind the temporary dip in temperatures, said IMD officials. IMD forecast for next two days shows that minimum temperatures would continue to be low. But the chill is short-lived. “It is only expected to get hotter from now,” added Sharma.
While there is no onset date for summer, weathermen believe that the temperature begins to rise after Makar Sankranti, which usually falls on January 14 according to the Hindu calender.