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Mumbai shivers at 12.4° Celsius

Keeping warm: An elderly woman protects herself from the cold in the city on Thursday.

Keeping warm: An elderly woman protects herself from the cold in the city on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: Supreet Sapkal

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Registers lowest December temperature in three years

The city recorded the season’s lowest minimum temperature on Thursday morning at 12.4 degrees Celsius. This is the lowest December temperature in three years.

The city has been experiencing a dip in minimum temperatures since November, with the mercury dipping to 15 degrees Celsius. On Wednesday, the minimum temperature recorded at the Santacruz observatory was 17.4 degrees Celsius. On Thursday morning, it saw a sharp dip to 12.4 degrees Celsius. This is five degrees below normal.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has attributed this dip to dry northerly/north westerly winds from the Himalayas over plains of Northwest India and Central India.

Lower level winds are straight northerly over entire Maharashtra, due to which the IMD has issued a cold wave warning for Nashik and Ahmednagar districts. Nashik recorded minimum temperature of 5 degrees Celsius on Thursday morning.

Drop in temperature

Meanwhile, there has been a drop in maximum temperatures for Mumbai as well. For the most part of December, maximum temperatures stayed around 32-33 degrees Celsius, causing days to be warmer. But in the last week of December, the maximum temperatures dipped. Thursday recorded maximum temperatures of 29.0 degrees Celsius, three degrees below normal.

The IMD has forecast similar weather conditions for next two to three days. The lowest December temperatures for the past two years were 15.2 degrees Celsius (2017) and 15 degrees Celsius (2016) respectively. The all-time record for the lowest minimum temperature for December is 10.6 degrees Celsius, in 1949.

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