Maha cold spell breaks records

WIN­TER CHILL Pune reg­is­ters cold­est Fe­bru­ary day in 100 years, tem­per­a­ture in Mum­bai reaches low­est for month in 7 years

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - Nation - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

MUM­BAI/PUNE: The on­go­ing cool spell in Mum­bai broke a record on Satur­day, with the mer­cury dip­ping to 11° Cel­sius in the morn­ing — the cold­est this win­ter and the low­est for Fe­bru­ary since 2012.

While min­i­mum tem­per­a­ture recorded at San­tacruz weather sta­tion at 11° C was 7 de­grees be­low nor­mal for this time of year, the Co­laba weather sta­tion recorded 15.6° C, 4 de­grees be­low nor­mal.

Mum­bai has been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing cool con­di­tions since Wed­nes­day due to northerly winds pre­vail­ing close to the sur­face, the weather bureau said. There have been sharp fluc­tu­a­tions in day tem­per­a­tures, with a 11.1° C drop in day tem­per­a­tures be­tween Mon­day, when it was 35.3° C , and Fri­day, when it dipped to 24.2° C . This is the low­est tem­per­a­ture for Fe­bru­ary in 10 years.

“The lower level northerly to north-west­erly winds due to the west­ern dis­tur­bance and weather sys­tems over north­west parts of the coun­try con­tinue to keep tem­per­a­tures 6-7° Cel­sius be­low nor­mal. Sim­i­lar con­di­tions are ex­pected till Mon­day,” said KS Hos­a­likar, deputy direc­torgen­eral, west­ern re­gion, In­dia Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal De­part­ment (IMD).

Prior to Satur­day, the low­est tem­per­a­ture for the sea­son was recorded on De­cem­ber 27 at 12.4 de­grees C. The low­est Fe­bru­ary night tem­per­a­ture over the past 10 years was recorded on Fe­bru­ary 9, 2012 at 8.8 de­grees C. The all-time low­est monthly min­i­mum tem­per­a­ture was recorded on Fe­bru­ary 8, 2008 at 8.5° C.

On Satur­day, most of au­to­matic weather sta­tions in the city recorded min­i­mum tem­per­a­tures be­tween 11 and 16° Cel­sius.


Mahabaleshwar, Ma­ha­rash­tra’s pop­u­lar hill sta­tion, woke up to frozen dew drops on Satur­day with min­i­mum tem­per­a­ture at Venna Lake dip­ping to one de­gree Cel­sius, the low­est this win­ter.

The Re­gional Wheat Rust Re­search Sta­tion at Venna Lake recorded 1 de­grees Cel­sius on its cam­pus, while mer­cury was at -2° Cel­sius at the lake lo­ca­tion, sta­tion head Narute TK said.


The drop in mer­cury was also seen in Pune, which recorded the decade’s low­est tem­per­a­ture at 5.2° C. This was also the city’s low­est tem­per­a­ture in Fe­bru­ary in 100 years, ac­cord­ing to IMD data. On De­cem­ber 29, 2018, Pune recorded tem­per­a­ture of 5.9° C.

Ac­cord­ing to the IMD, northerly winds flow­ing in from Jammu and Kash­mir via Ra­jasthan and Gu­jarat are re­spon­si­ble for the cold wave like con­di­tions in the state.


A man sits next to a fire as mer­cury dips in Mum­bai.

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