Even colder days ahead, says IMD
Mumbai: The city’s minimum temperature fell on Saturday as India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) Santacruz observatory recorded a minimum of 18.4 degrees Celsius. There has been a steady drop in minimum temperature since the past few days and weathermen have forecast a further drop in the coming days.
Residents said the drop was evident early morning, when there was cool breeze. Vile Parle resident Priyanka Sahu, a housewife, said there was a chill while she was on her regular morning walk. “The weather was pleasant and it was a respite from the uncomfortable, hot days over the last month. Hopefully, this will stay through the month,” she said.
The maximum temperature, which till the beginning of the month was above 35 degrees, dropped to 32 degrees for the past two days.
The lowest minimum temperature recorded for December last year was 15.2 degrees, which was on the 21st, while in 2016, it was 15 degrees on the 11th. The alltime lowest recorded minimum temperature has been 10.6 degrees on December 20 in 1949.
The minimum temperature recorded at Santacruz observatory on Saturday was 18.4 degrees, which is 0.4 degree below normal, while the minimum at Colaba was 22 degrees, which was 0.8 degree above normal. K S Hosalikar, deputy director general of meteorology, said that while the winds are north of north westerly, indicating cool breeze, the speed is not sufficient.
“The winds are not very strong but definitely one can observe a drop in minimum temperature. The suburbs are seeing a further drop due to the region’s topography,” he said.