After chilling at 11 degree Celsius on Monday, the city’s minimum temperature on Tuesday rose slightly to 12.2 degree Celsius. Monday’s mercury dip was the lowest in the month of January since 2008. Weathermen said minimum temperatures would rise in the coming days.
“Monday’s low temperature was due to the cold northerly winds. Now the cold wave has reduced, so we expect the temperature to rise,” said VK Rajeev, director, Indian Meteorological Department, Mumbai.
On Tuesday, the maximum temperature at the Santacruz weather station was 28.7 degrees Celsius. Colaba recorded a maximum of 27 and minimum 16.5 degree Celsius.
The chill has led to an increase in cases of cough, cold and fever. “Nearly 70% of patients coming to my clinic complain of cough, cold and fever. People should not self medicate. Cough and cold could be signs of serious infections,” said general physician Dr Krishnakant Dhebri.
Doctors have suggested a nutritious diet, avoiding cold beverages and wearing warm clothing before venturing out. “There is also an increase in the number of pneumonia and dengue cases in the last 15 days. Children, elderly and the sick should not move out early in the morning,” said Dr Pratit Samdani, physician, Jaslok Hospital.