Nashik shiv­ers at 3°C; grape grow­ers light bon­fires

At 12.4°C, Mum­bai sees sea­son’s 3rd cold­est day

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI/STATE - STAFF RE­PORTER / AGEN­CIES

The min­i­mum tem­per­a­ture dipped to 3°C in Nashik, forc­ing grape grow­ers to set up bon­fires to save the crop from dam­age, of­fi­cials said on Sun­day. Two bod­ies of beg­gars were also found on the city’s Go­davari bank on Satur­day evening, with po­lice sus­pect­ing they died of se­vere cold, an of­fi­cial at Pan­cha­vati po­lice sta­tion said.

The uniden­ti­fied bod­ies were sent to the Civil Hospi­tal for post mortem, he said.

A min­i­mum tem­per­a­ture of 3°C was recorded in Niphad tehsil, the agri­cul­tural belt fa­mous for grape pro­duc­tion, at 7am on Satur­day, a weath­er­man said.

Frozen dew drops on sug­ar­cane, wheat and grapevines prompted the tillers to light bon­fires to save the crops, an of­fi­cial at the dis­trict col­lec­torate said.

As day tem­per­a­tures also re­mained low and cold con­di­tions per­sisted, the cit­i­zens were seen light­ing bon­fires to keep them­selves warm.

Cold con­di­tions are likely to con­tinue in the dis­trict for next two to three days, the MeT added.

Mean­while, Mum­bai ex­pe­ri­enced its third cold­est day of the month with the San­tacruz ob­ser­va­tory record­ing a min­i­mum tem­per­a­ture of 12.4°C on Sun­day. The min­i­mum fell by 5.8°C be­low nor­mal, while the max­i­mum was in­creased to 30°C from Satur­day’s 24.2°C.

As per the In­dian Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Dept (IMD), northerly winds from Jammu and Kash­mir via Ra­jasthan and Gu­jarat are re­spon­si­ble for the cold wave like con­di­tions in Ma­ha­rash­tra.

Since Wed­nes­day, the city has been wit­ness­ing cold wave due to northerly winds and a sharp fluc­tu­a­tion in day tem­per­a­ture.

“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°C be­low nor­mal. Sim­i­lar con­di­tions are ex­pected till Mon­day,” said KS Hos­a­likar, dy di­rec­tor-gen­eral, west­ern re­gion, IMD.

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