Even colder days ahead, says IMD

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - [email protected]­group.com San­tacruz Co­laba

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.

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