Time to bring out your warm clothes, winter has arrived in the city. Although Mumbai does not really experience a distinct winter season, as compared with the neighbouring cities in state, the temperatures here have visibly dropped in the last few days.
Mumbai’s proximity to the sea makes the effect of winter a little less defined in the area, whereas the interiors of Maharashtra see much lower temperatures.
“Luckily, Mumbai sees good heating during the day and that keeps temperatures at a comfortable level during winter. In other parts of Maharashtra, the temperature remains at a constant of 20-24 degrees Celsius, making the days cool and nights cooler,” said KS Hosaliker, director general of the regional meteorological department, Mumbai.
On Monday, the lowest temperature in Mumbai was a pleasant 17 degrees Celsius, while Pune saw a minimum temperature of seven degrees Celsius.
The upper air cyclonic circulation that had presided over Lakshadweep the past few weeks is now less marked, indicating a reversal in the normal winter conditions seen during this period. This was responsible for the increase in humidity and bursts of rainfall in parts of the city the last two weeks.
“In the past few days, temperatures have dropped about 1.5 degrees below normal. This is because of the cooler northerly winds blowing in, which is a good sign. Humidity levels are expected to drop further as the month progresses,” said Hosaliker, adding that this decade has seen the most number of temperature drops as compared with before.
The meteorological department officials are also cautiously monitoring the path of cyclonic activity over the Andhra coast as it might push moisture into the area. However, they said, this is unlikely to happen.