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Mumbai records lowest daytime temperature

Travel in comfort:  A child covered in warm clothes as the temperature dipped to 14.4 degrees on Friday.

Travel in comfort: A child covered in warm clothes as the temperature dipped to 14.4 degrees on Friday.

Mumbai recorded the lowest maximum February temperature in a decade at 24.2 degrees Celsius on Friday. This was 7 degrees below normal, resulting in cool winds and pleasant weather throughout the day.

Meanwhile, the minimum temperature was recorded at 14.4 degrees on Friday night, 3 degrees below normal. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast a similar weather for the next two days.

In Mumbai, maximum temperatures have been dipping since February 4, going from 35.3 degrees to 27.3 degrees on Thursday. On Thursday night, the minimum temperature stayed at 17.6 degrees (normal).

While the highest maximum temperature for February has even touched 39.6 degrees, the lowest maximum has never been this low in a decade. The closest it came to was in 2014 at 26.3 degrees.

Explaining the phenomenon, K.S. Hosalikar, deputy director general of meteorology, IMD, said, “In a given month, there can be the highest maximum and the lowest maximum. Today’s maximum temperature is 24.2 degrees Celsius, but it is the lowest daytime temperature for February. It means throughout the day, the temperature did not go beyond 24 degrees. The average temperature remained around 20 degrees, while the lowest maximum was 24.2 degrees. It is the highest for the day, but 24.2 degrees is the lowest value recorded of maximum temperature (in a decade). This is not unheard of, but not a regular phenomenon.”

Friday’s minimum temperature was 3 degrees below normal, halting at 14.4 degrees. The lowest minimum February temperature was recorded at 8.5 degrees on February 8, 2008.


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