Mumbai to stay cool through the week, say weathermen

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jan 18, 2016 01:16 IST
Workers at a construction site on a smoggy day at Parel in Mumbai. (Pratham Gokhale/ HT)

Cool winds continued to blow over the city on Sunday, courtesy a shift in wind patterns. While the suburbs recorded a minimum temperature of 16.5 degrees Celsius, which was normal, the night temperature in south Mumbai was almost 2 degrees Celsius above normal, at 20.8 degrees Celsius.

Day temperatures continued to stay below 30 degrees Celsius for the third day in a row at both Colaba and Santacruz weather stations. While the maximum temperature at Colaba was 29.6 degrees Celsius, it was 29.5 degrees Celsius at Santacruz.

Weathermen said the city will continue to feel the chill in the next one week. Weathermen have predicted clear skies for Monday with day and night temperatures at 28 degrees Celsius and 17 degrees Celsius respectively.

“Presently, wind direction over the city is northerly to north-westerly and it is carrying cold air that has brought down temperatures,” said VK Rajeev, director, western region, India Meteorological Department (IMD).

Moisture levels continued to be low in the city as 55% and 41% relative humidity were recorded at Colaba and Santacruz respectively.

Meanwhile, pollution levels continued to be low in the city as the pollution-measuring indicator, the air quality index (AQI), was recorded at 184, which fell under the ‘moderate’ category for particulate matter. The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) estimated pollution levels to increase on Monday with a predicted AQI of 193.

On Sunday, of the 10 locations where SAFAR records AQI levels, Malad was the most polluted with an AQI of 283, followed by Andheri at 273. On the other hand, Colaba was the least polluted with an AQI of 88, which falls under the ‘good’ category followed by Worli at 93.

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