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Winter chill makes city cover up; temperature to rise: Met dept

mumbai Updated: Jan 08, 2013 01:29 IST
Nidhi Varma

After witnessing below-average temperatures in the past few days, mercury level is expected to rise over the week, the weather bureau has said.

The city recorded a minimum temperature of 11.3 degrees Celsius on Monday, one of the lowest in the last decade and 7 degrees below normal.

The unusual temperatures forced many Mumbaiites to go shopping for woollens.

"This is the first time in Mumbai that I have experienced such cool weather in the city. I specially bought a woollen sweater on Friday to stay protected in this weather," said Vimal Joshi, 35, an Andheri resident. Joshi usually stays comfortable in Mumbai's mild winters with thin knitted pullovers.

Clothing shops were happy with the sales of woollen clothes. "In just two days, we sold between 50-55 cardigans: this is a considerably good sale," said 42-year- old Sunil Zhamkar, owner of Vaishali Garments, Goregaon.

"I have placed ordered for new trendy winter wears," said Zhamkar who hoped the cool weather continued.

The weather bureau, however, predicted a return to normal weather. “The minimum temperature is expected to rise and come back to normal levels. It is because the western disturbance, which brought the mercury down, has moved away,” said VK Rajeev, director, western region, Indian Meteorological Department.

On Monday, the maximum temperature in South Mumbai was 29 degree Celsius while the minimum temperature was 16 degree Celsius.

The suburbs were cooler with a minimum temperature of 11.3 degree Celsius and maximum temperature of 29 degree Celsius.

“The forecast for next 24hours is clear skiesy with the temperature coming back to the normal of 13 degree Celsius,” said Rajeev.