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Amid cold wave across nation,it’s mercury rising in Mumbai

The nip in city’s air seems to be waning slowly,since the temperature shot up by one degree on Saturday. In Colaba,minium 18.5 degree Celsius temperature was recorded while in Santacruz the minimum temperature was 17.2 degree Celsius.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai |
January 11, 2009 12:33:28 am

The nip in city’s air seems to be waning slowly,since the temperature shot up by one degree on Saturday. In Colaba,minium 18.5 degree Celsius temperature was recorded while in Santacruz the minimum temperature was 17.2 degree Celsius.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials,the rise in temperature is due to to a wind circulation in south Gujarat. This caused cloud formation and rainfall in parts of Maharashtra,said IMD officials. Jalgaon received 1cm rainfall at 5 am on Saturday,said a duty officer. In Colaba and Santacruz,the humidity in the air also saw a steep rise touching 91 per cent and 85 per cent respectively. However,IMD officials said scanty shower is not so abnormal over Maharashtra usually during the winter. Dr R V Sharma,deputy director general of the regional Met office,Mumbai,said,“Usually,rainfall during this time of the year occurs,when a trough is caused due to ‘western disturbances’ in the north and ‘easterly waves’ in the south of India. During such times,the regions on the east side of north as well as south experience rainfall and moisture.” Sharma said the wind pattern usually decides the weather. Following rainfall in Jalgaon,the IMD recorded a change in the minimum temperatures over different part of the state.

The IMD’s official website stated: “the temperatures were markedly above normal over Marathwada — Aurangabad,Jalna,Beed,Nanded,Osmanabad, Latur,Hingoli and Parbhani — and appreciably above normal over north Madhya Maharashtra — Pune, Nasik,Ahmednagar,Jalgaon,Dhule,Satara,Sangli,Sholapur and Kolhapur. Also,the temperature is above normal over Kutch and south Gujarat and normal over rest of the region.” It has forcast clear sky,dry weather and maximum and minimum tempeartures — around 31 and 17 degree Celsius — in Mumbai till Monday.

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