The city experienced its third coldest December day in a decade as the temperature dipped to 12 degrees Celsius on Monday. Officials from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) officials have forecast that minimum temperatures in the city will be around 14-16 degree Celsius in the next 48 hours.
Santacruz recorded a minimum temperature of 12 degrees Celsius, 6.7 degrees below normal,while Colaba saw a minimum temperature of 16 degree Celsius, 4.9 degree below normal. According to IMD, the city’s temperature has lowered because of the northerly winds.
“The northern parts of the country are experiencing low temperatures and as we have winds from the north, the city is cold. The western disturbance is also lowering temperature,” said VK Rajeev, IMD Mumbai director.
A western disturbance is an extra tropical storm that originates in the Mediterranean Sea and travels towards Himalayas carrying icy winds and heavy moisture. The coldest January day in a decade in Mumbai was recorded on December 27, 2011, when the minimum temperature was 11.4 degree Celsius.