Mumbai witnessed its second-coldest minimum temperature of this winter today due to cold winds from northern parts of the country, the weather department data showed.
The minimum temperature at the Santacruz weather station dropped to 18.6 degrees Celsius, which was five degrees Celsius below normal, while Colaba recorded 16 degrees Celsius, three degrees Celsius below normal.
On Wednesday, Mumbai had recorded a minimum temperature of 18 degrees Celsius. This means a six degrees Celsius drop has been witnessed within 24 hours, the weather department said.
On January 17, Mumbai had recorded the minimum temperature at 11.4 degrees Celsius, which is the coldest January morning since 2012 and coldest this season so far. The weather bureau said cool weather was likely to continue through the weekend.
“Mumbai and surrounding areas recorded one of the coldest mornings again with minimum temperatures going far below the benchmark at many places especially in suburbs. Over the last two days, the weather pattern due to cool northerly winds has allowed temperatures to drop below the normal mark. This trend of cold breeze during early hours of the day is expected to continue for at least three days,” said KS Hosalikar, deputy director general, western region, India Meteorological Department (IMD).