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Fog, cold wind give city winter chill

Tuesday, 3 January 2012 - 8:00am IST | Place: Mumbai

The new year has pleasantly surprised the city with cold winds and fog.

For all those who are upset that winters in the city aren’t cold enough, the new year has pleasantly surprised the city with cold winds and fog.

The city, on Monday, saw heavy fog in the morning and cold breeze in the afternoon, setting into a chilly night. Weathermen say this is an unusual pattern for the city.

“Whenever there is change in the wind flow pattern, temperature changes. The wind is flowing in the northerly direction bringing the cold wave from the north,” said VK Rajeev, director, Indian Meteorological Department.

The city on Monday also saw a substantial dip in the maximum temperature. The maximum temperature recorded at Colaba weather station was 28.2 degree Celsius. The maximum temperature at Santacruz weather station was recorded at 30.5 degree Celsius. However, last week, maximum temperature at Colaba weather was 31.6 degree Celsius. The figure for the Santacruz weather station was 32.5 degree Celsius.

“The maximum temperature dropped two degrees below normal. Usually, the minimum temperature affects the weather in winter but the tremendous decrease in the maximum temperature affected the overall temperature during the day time,” said an IMD official.

The city’s minimum temperature has also dipped below normal. The minimum temperature in the Colaba weather station was 18.8 degree Celsius. For Santacruz weather station, the minimum temperature was at 16 degree Celsius. The minimum temperature for both the weather station is three to two degrees above normal.

IMD said that the slight rise in minimum temperature is only temporary. “Sudden local weather changes leads to the temperature variations. But the weather in the coming few days will be cloudy and cold.

“This will result in existence of fog. And the cold winds shall continue,” Rajeev added.

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