Western disturbance causes mercury to dip

After recording a highly unusual 12.7 degrees on Saturday,the city continued to experience below normal minimum temperatures with Santacruz recording 16.7 degrees on Monday even though the Met department said it is summer.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: March 13, 2012 12:01:49 am

After recording a highly unusual 12.7 degrees on Saturday,the city continued to experience below normal minimum temperatures with Santacruz recording 16.7 degrees on Monday even though the Met department said it is summer. Weathermen expect night time conditions similar to Monday for the next two days,however,maximum temperatures are likely to rise in this period.

On March 1,the city recorded a minimum temperature of 13.4 degrees,breaking the all time lowest record for March set on March 30,1968 of 13.8 degrees. However,Saturday went even lower with 12.7 degrees,due to the effect of a western disturbance over Jammu and Kashmir.

Even maximum temperatures have been below normal with the suburbs on Monday recording 29.6 degrees as against normal of 33 degrees and the island city recording 29 degrees on Monday,as against the normal of 31 degrees.

“Although it is officially summer,the peculiarity is that the western disturbances in the north are still affecting this region,” said Ajay Kumar,meteorologist,IMD.

Since Saturday,minimum temperatures have increased but are still below normal with Santacruz almost three degrees below its normal of 20 degrees on Monday and Colaba recorded 20.5 degrees,around its normal of 21 degrees.

“The western disturbance, which caused sharp drop in temperatures,is moving away. This phenomenon is giving rise to cold air circulation,resulting in low temperatures. The minimum temperatures are likely to remain low for the next couple of days. There is also another western disturbance over North Pakistan and adjoining J&K area currently,” said Kumar.

However,maximum temperatures,which had fallen due to westerly winds,is likely increase starting Tuesday.

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