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Winter sets in as night temperature plummets to 18°C

mumbai Updated: Nov 19, 2011 01:46 IST
HT Correspondent

Finally, Mumbaiites can feel a nip in the air. On Friday, the city recorded a minimum temperature of 18 degrees Celsius, which is two degrees below normal and lowest in November in the last two years.

The last time the minimum temperature in November dipped below 18 degrees Celsius was in 2008 and before that in 2007. On November 27, 2007, the minimum temperature dipped to 14.7 degrees Celsius and on November 26, 2008, 14.4 degrees Celsius. The all time lowest minimum temperature in November so far is 13.3 degrees Celsius, recorded on November 19, 1950.

Daytime temperature continued to remain high, with the maximum temperature on Friday being 35.6 degrees Celsius, which was three degrees above normal.

The weather in Pune and Nashik too has turned cold, with minimum temperatures dipping to 10 degrees Celsius.

“Winter is approaching slowly though the temperatures are not expected to dip below 18 degrees Celsius. The north-easterly winds are devoid of moisture, making the air dry, resulting in a dip in the temperatures. The effect of the same can be seen across various regions in the state where the temperatures have uniformly dropped below 15 degrees Celsius,” said Ajay Kumar, meteorologist, western region, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

“The north-easterly winds’ effect on the temperatures in northern Indian will determine the temperature in the coming weeks,” Kumar added.

On November 11, the maximum temperature in the city had risen to 36.7 degrees, making it the hottest day in November in the last seven years. The maximum temperature is likely to be 36 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature will be 18 degrees Celsius over the weekend, IMD official said on Friday.