The city is likely to get cooler with weathermen predicting minimum temperatures will drop to 15 degree Celsius in the next two days. The minimum temperature on Sunday was 19. 8 degrees.
The local meteorological office claimed that the cold wave in the north could lead to a drop in temperatures in the beginning of the week.
The mercury dropped to seven degrees Celsius in north India. Even hilly cities such as Nashik, a drive away from Mumbai, recorded a minimum temperature of seven degrees Celsius, one of the coldest places in the state right now. “The resulting flow of strong winds from north is responsible for the dip in temperature in Mumbai,” said RV Sharma, deputy director general (western region), Indian Meteorological Department.
Sunday was slightly warmer than Saturday, but below the normal temperature for this time of the year. At 26 degrees, the maximum temperature in the suburbs was still four degrees below normal. South Mumbai recorded a maximum temperature of 28 degrees, two degrees below normal.
According to IMD records the city gets chilly towards the end of December but predictions show that this year you might need a winter wardrobe earlier. The city usually records its coldest December day in the last ten days of the month, barring 2006 when mercury dropped to 15.6 degrees on the 18th of the month (see box for details).
The coldest day in December in the last decade was recorded on December 21, 2005 when the minimum temperature touched 11.6 degrees. Not used to cold weather some Mumbaiites spent Sunday morning looking for a winter gear.
Medical representative Amitabh Nag got himself a pullover and biker gloves. “I had to stop the bike on the highway because my hands were numb,” said the Thane resident.