The city’s minimum temperature dipped 7 degrees on Friday, with Santacruz recording 13.6 degree Celsius on Friday morning.
The island city was considerably warmer at a minimum temperature of 19.4 degree Celsius on Friday. On Thursday, the city recorded a minimum temperature of 21.2 degree Celsius in the suburbs.
“The intense cold waves in the north has once again reached the city with the northerly winds last night, causing the dip in mercury levels in the city,” said VK Rajeev, director regional, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). Rajeev said the clear sky in the past couple of days has allowed the escape of heat by radiation from the city’s atmosphere.
“Due to the dry cold winds, the cloud formation is being affected adversely resulting in heat radiation to the outer atmosphere and cooling of the city,” said AB Mazumdar, deputy director general, IMD, Pune.
The forecast in the next 48 hours predicts a minimum temperature of 14 degree Celsius in the suburbs.
Although the suburbs woke up to a cold day, it had its fair share of warmth at 32.2 degree Celsius. “I was shivering in the morning and went to the office with a jacket. But it got warmer by the end,” said Vivan Kutukaran, a Goregaon resident.
However, the fluctuating temperature is having a bad effect on the health of Mumbaiites. “Anaemic and asthmatic people should take extra care during the fluctuating mercury, said Dr Yogini Patel, joint director of blood safety, Mumbai Districts Aids Control Society.
Dr Patel said high protein and soup diet should be consumed in this season.