At 15.2°C, Thursday morning was the coldest day this season in Mumbai
Expect further drop in temperature over the next three days, says weather bureauUpdated: Dec 21, 2017, 15:18 IST
The city woke up to the coldest day this season on Thursday morning, with the minimum temperature at Santacruz weather station slipping to 15.2 degrees Celsius, which is three degrees below normal.
Colaba, however, recorded a minimum temperature of 20 deg C, similar to the past few days.
Prior to Thursday, Mumbai recorded its lowest temperature of 15.8 deg C on December 14; on December 7, it was 18 deg C. The lowest temperature recorded in 2017 was 12.5 deg C on January 11.
Officials from the weather bureau said cool winds from the north had led to a drop in temperatures. “An increase in wind speed and cool northerly winds have resulted in clear weather conditions over Mumbai, which in turn has led to a drop in night temperatures,” said KS Hosalikar, deputy director general, western region, India Meteorological Department (IMD). “We expect a further drop in temperature over the next three days.”
The maximum temperature, however, continued to be above 30 deg C both in Santacruz and Colaba, which is almost 2 deg C higher than normal.
Pollution levels have gone down because of greater wind speed, and are currently in the moderate category, with the Air Quality Index (AQI), the pollutant-measuring indicator, at 146. Last week, AQI levels were in the poor category and worse than Delhi as wind speed was negligible.