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Mumbaiites feel the chill as temperatures drop to 11°C

Most weather stations in Mumbai recorded minimum temperatures ranging between 11 and 16 degrees Celsius on Saturday.

mumbai Updated: Feb 10, 2019 00:31 IST
Badri Chatterjee
Badri Chatterjee
Hindustan Times
Mumbaiites woke up to the city’s coldest morning this season on Saturday.
Mumbaiites woke up to the city’s coldest morning this season on Saturday. (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
         

Cool northerly winds pushed the mercury down to 11 degrees Celsius on Saturday morning, making the city experience the coldest morning of this winter. This is the lowest February temperature in Mumbai since 2012. Meanwhile, air quality worsened on Saturday with the air quality index (AQI) at 269, falling under the ‘poor’ category.

Most weather stations in Mumbai recorded minimum temperatures ranging between 11 and 16 degrees Celsius on Saturday. The minimum temperature at Santacruz weather station was 11 degrees Celsius, seven degrees below normal for February. At Colaba weather station, the mercury was four degrees below normal, at 15.6 degrees Celsius. The area near the Sanjay Gandhi National Park was the coldest at 10 degrees Celsius, followed by Powai at 11.1 degrees Celsius. Panvel in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region recorded 8.8 degrees Celsius. Ghatkopar was the warmest at 16.2 degrees Celsius.

The day warmed up quickly, with the city recording a six-degree rise in maximum temperatures on Saturday. Santacruz recorded 30 degrees Celsius, and Colaba recorded 29.2 degrees Celsius, both of which are close to the normal mark. “The lower level northerly to northwesterly winds due to the western disturbance and weather systems over northwest parts of India continue to keep temperatures six to seven degrees Celsius below normal,” said KS Hosalikar, deputy director general, western region, India Meteorological Department. According to the weather bureau, the cold spell is due to northerly winds prevailing close to the surface since Wednesday.

Prior to Saturday, the lowest temperature for the season was recorded on December 27, 2018 at 12.4 degrees Celsius. Mumbai’s lowest February night temperature over the past 10 years was 8.8 degrees Celsius, recorded on February 9, 2012, and the all-time lowest monthly minimum temperature for Mumbai was recorded on February 8, 2008 at 8.5 degrees Celsius.

Meanwhile, the air quality of the city worsened. Bandra Kurla Complex, Andheri, Mazgaon and Malad all recorded ‘very poor’ AQI levels while other areas fell under the ‘poor’ category. Researchers from the System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research said the drop in temperatures and construction activity had allowed small pollutant particles to be trapped closer to surface. A clear sky has been predicted for Sunday with day and night temperatures expected at 27 and 13 degrees Celsius. Air quality is likely to be 260 (poor).

First Published: Feb 10, 2019 00:31 IST