In Mumbai: Wednesday morning was coldest in October since 2010
The weather bureau on Tuesday said the city was reeling under a ‘cool spell’ owing to the cyclonic storm, Kyant, over the Bay of BengalUpdated: Oct 27, 2016 00:33 IST
Cool winds from the northern parts of the country helped the city recorded its coldest October day in the past seven years on Wednesday.
While the Santacruz weather station, representative of Mumbai, recorded 18.8 degrees Celsius as the minimum temperature, which was 4.3 degree Celsius below normal, Colaba recorded 22.4 degrees Celsius, representative of south Mumbai, which was 2 degrees Celsius below normal.
The lowest night temperature for Mumbai in the past decade was recorded on October 19, 2007 (18.7 degrees Celsius) and the all-time-low night temperature was recorded on October 30, 1952 (16.7 degrees Celsius).
The weather bureau on Tuesday said the city was reeling under a ‘cool spell’ owing to the cyclonic storm, Kyant, over the Bay of Bengal, which had led to continental air incursions over the western part of the country and brought down both day and night temperatures.
“While the cool continental air continues to persist over the western part of the country, the direction of winds has changed to northerly, which means cold winds from the northern parts of India. Both these factors have brought down temperatures over Mumbai,” said Shubhangi Bhute, director, Regional Meteorological Centre Mumbai, India Meteorological Department (IMD).
Bhute said temperatures are expected to remain similar for the next four days from Wednesday. “After weather factors over the Bay of Bengal recede, we expect temperatures to further fall because of only northerly winds prevailing over Mumbai,” she said.
Weathermen, however, said there is still time for the onset of winter. “With the withdrawal of monsoon, there is a shift in wind patterns from maritime air to continental. The continental air is colder than the maritime air and responsible for the winter season. However, it is too early to sustain itself so we cannot say winter has set in,” said Biswajit Mukhopadhyay, additional director general, IMD.
Meanwhile, thanks to a partly cloudy sky, day temperatures were closer to normal levels at Santacruz at 33 degrees Celsius and 2.4 degree Celsius below normal at south Mumbai with Colaba recording 30.8 degrees Celsius.
Moisture levels were low as humidity levels were recorded at 70% at both south Mumbai and the suburbs.
A partly cloudy sky has been predicted for Thursday with day and night temperatures at 33 degrees Celsius and 21 degrees Celsius respectively.
First Published: Oct 26, 2016 21:43 IST