The city woke up to a cool morning on Thursday, as the minimum temperature dropped to 18.2 degrees Celsius in the suburbs, the lowest this season so far.
Weathermen said this may be the beginning of a gradual drop in the minimum temperature in the city. This month has consistently seen high temperatures, even touching the 37-degree mark on November 3.
The minimum temperatures, which usually start falling after the first week of November, too, did not witness a remarkable drop this year, making the weather hot and dry.
Thursday was only the second time this month the minimum temperature fell below 20 degrees Celsius.
The maximum temperatures, however, remained high on Thursday. While Santacruz recorded a maximum temperature of 34.8 degrees Celsius, Colaba recorded 33.3 degrees Celsius. The relative humidity in Santacruz
was 50%, while it was 52% in Colaba.
According to experts, the drop in mercury has been delayed because the strengthening of the cold winds from the north and the north-east has been slow. “The easterly pattern was not letting temperatures drop, but the city is now entirely experiencing the northerly winds. The gradual strengthening has delayed the drop in minimum and maximum temperatures,” said KS Hosalikar, deputy director-general, India Meteorological Department (IMD), western region.
“Once the winds become stronger, the weather will become more pleasant. On the basis of the current conditions, it will happen soon,” he said.
For Friday, the IMD forecast a minimum temperature of 18 degrees Celsius and maximum temperature of 35 degrees Celsius.
City residents were happy with the drop in temperature. “The mornings have been warm this month. On Thursday, I felt a nip in the air,” said Vikrant Khanvilkar, a resident of Vikhroli.