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First time this year, temperature drops below 20 degrees Celsius in Mumbai | Mumbai News

Heralding the arrival of winter, the minimum temperature in Mumbai dipped below 20 degrees Celsius, for the first time this season. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the Santacruz observatory recorded a minimum temperature of 19.7 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.

With the city experiencing a dip in mercury levels, meteorologists have stated that winter has commenced. Speaking to The Indian Express, Sunil Kamble, director of IMD Mumbai, said the city is likely to experience this cold spell for the next four-five days.

“We are getting northerly winds owing to which the temperature has started to drop. The temperatures are likely to float in this range for the next four – five days at least. The city has now started to exhibit winter-like conditions. In several parts of Maharashtra, too, the temperature has dropped below 15 degrees,” he said.

While the Santacruz station observed a dip below 20 degrees, the Colaba coastal observatory registered a minimum temperature of 21, clocking in a departure of two degrees below normal.

The maximum temperatures have also dropped with the Regional Meteorological Centre in Colaba recording 30.2 degrees, marking a departure of three degrees below normal on Thursday, whereas the Santacruz station recorded 31.5 degrees Celsius, a departure of two degrees below normal. On Wednesday, too, weather bureau data showed that the maximum temperatures in both the recording stations hovered around three degrees below normal.

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As per IMD scientists, winter sets in the megapolis typically after December 15, with the minimum temperature dipping below 20 degrees Celsius. However, last year, citizens found themselves grappling with high temperatures oscillating between 32 and 35 degrees Celsius even till the last week of December.

With cyclone Michaung brewing over the Bay of Bengal, weather experts have stated the temperatures are likely to soar once again in the city as well as suburbs. Responding to questions, Kamble told The Indian Express, “Once the cyclone develops, the temperatures may once again soar owing to humid and cloudy conditions.”

Over the last week, in a huge respite from the bad air quality that the city had been reeling under since the withdrawal of monsoon, the air quality levels have experienced a significant improvement as moderate spells of unseasonal showers swept the coastal city.

On Thursday, Mumbai continued to breathe easy as the overall AQI touched 103 while 13 of the city’s 26 recording stations recorded an AQI in double digits. The worst air quality, meanwhile, was recorded in Kandivali West where the AQI stood at 143.

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