Winter officially over, but city to feel the chill for a few days more

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Mar 02, 2015 00:44 IST

Cloudy skies and cool winds continued on Sunday, after unseasonal showers a day earlier. The city witnessed a slight drizzle as the cyclonic air movement —which brought rain — has moved north, the weather bureau said.

“The [climatic] system responsible for rain has started moving north and is now above Rajasthan,” said VK Rajeev, director, India Meteorological Department, western region. But

Mumbai could still get some rainfall in the next 24 hours.

The sudden rain was caused by cold, dry winds that swept in from the north west, the IMD said, adding that Saturday officially marked the end of winter.

The showers brought down temperatures in the city —Friday’s minimum temperatures fell to 15.8 degrees Celsius in the suburbs, Saturday’s was 18.4 and Sunday’s 18.6 degrees Celsius. In south Mumbai, the minimum temperature was 19.4 degrees Celsius on Sunday, two degrees below normal.

The city had become considerably warmer last weekend, but Saturday’s showers brought down the maximum temperature by almost 10 degrees Celsius, to 28.3. The suburbs recorded a maximum temperature of 26.5 degrees Celsius.

The moisture caused by the rain, however, increased the humidity levels.

The skies will stay cloudy over the next 24 hours, with rain or thundershower likely. A minimum temperature of 19 degrees Celsius and a maximum of 29 degrees Celsius is expected on Monday.

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