After nearly a month of fluctuating weather conditions in Mumbai, the weather office expects the city will soon revert to its usual winter course.
This winter has been chilly as minimum temperatures dipped up to five degrees Celsius below the normal 18. Last week, the city received surprise showers because of a low pressure trough off the coast.
Now, the weatherman suggests the low pressure is moving away and the cloudiness will dissipate. But the awkward intermittent warmth could also change as the cool northerly winds blow in.
“People have been feeling hotter during the day because of the absence of the northerly winds.
Otherwise, the weather has improved and is stabilising. As the cool northerly winds start blowing this way the weather should become cooler,” said KS Hosalikar, deputy director general of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). The IMD has forecast clear skies and minimum temperature at 20 degrees Celsius for Sunday.
The low pressure had locked in the moisture also causing a rise in the humidity level, which touched 96% as the minimum temperature went up to 22 degrees.
Over the past few years, the Mumbai’s winter has been short. Hosalikar, however, would not hazard a guess as to how long the spell would continue. “In the past, the city has recorded cold temperatures even in February, so it is difficult to say whether February will be warmer,” he said.