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Night temperature drops in Mumbai, next few days likely to get cooler

A clear sky predicted for Wednesday and Thursday; temperature likely to dip further, says IMD

mumbai Updated: Jan 24, 2018 22:51 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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People keep warm in light sweaters and jackets in Goregaon, Mumbai.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT File Photo)

After two uncomfortably warm weeks, Mumbai’s temperature started dipping on Tuesday, and the minimum temperature recorded in the suburbs on Wednesday morning was almost 3 degrees Celsius below the normal level.

On Wednesday, the day temperature was similar to Tuesday’s, with the Santacruz weather station recording 29 degrees Celsius, 1.6 degrees Celsius below normal. Colaba recorded 28.2 degrees Celsius, 1.3 degree Celsius below normal. The night temperature at Santacruz was 15.4 degrees Celsius, 1.5 degree Celsius, almost 2 degrees Celsius below normal, and 19 degrees Celsius at Colaba, close to the normal mark.

A clear sky has been predicted for Wednesday as well as Thursday, with day and night temperatures expected around 29 and 16 degrees Celsius, respectively.

Officials from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said a shift in the wind pattern has resulted in cooler weather. The temperature is likely to drop further in the coming days, they said.“As a result of rain in the northern parts of the country, cool northerly to north-easterly winds are passing over Maharashtra,” said KS Hosalikar, deputy director general, western region, IMD. “We expect both day and night temperatures to drop in Mumbai and interior Maharashtra,” he added.

The city recorded its lowest temperature of the season on January 8, with the minimum temperature dropping to 13.6 degrees Celsius, which is 3.6 degrees below the normal level.

However, within a few days, from January 12, temperatures started rising, and touched a scorching 35.6 degrees last Tuesday.

Officials from the weather bureau said temperatures are likely to drop by almost 3 degrees Celsius below normal from Friday onward.

The pollutant measuring indicator — air quality index (AQI) — was 142 (moderate) on Wednesday. The System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) said that AQI levels are expected to increase to 148 (moderate) on Thursday.

Mazgaon had the most polluted air in the city with an air quality index of 232 (poor).

First Published: Jan 24, 2018 10:59 IST