The cold spell in the city continued as the minimum temperature dropped to 12.8 degree Celsius on Friday making it the second coldest day this year. At 11 degree Celsius, January 9 was the coldest day.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) the minimum temperature in the suburbs on Friday was three degrees below normal while the maximum temperature was four degree below normal. The temperature was also four degrees less than Thursday.
South Mumbai was comparably warmer at 16.8 degree but two degrees below the normal temperature witnessed in the city.
“The moisture content in the air has decreased owing to a clear sky last night. As a result the minimum temperature has dropped. Cold winds blowing from the north have made days cooler than normal,” said VK Rajeev, director, western region, India Meteorological Department. He added that the city was slightly warmer in the past two days owing to persistent cloud cover.
IMD official added that a low pressure likely to form above the Arabian Sea would lead to a further drop in temperatures next week.
Some Mumbaiites have planned short road trips to experience the rare climate. "I have planned a bike-ride close to Mumbai to experience a ride in the cold on Republic Day," said Dhruv Shah, 25, who runs an advertising agency.