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Mumbai: Northerly winds improve city’s air quality, make nights cooler


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Mumbai: The northerly winds have improved the air quality in the city, but the residents have witnessed a nip in the air in the mornings due to a drop in the night temperatures since the last few days, an official said today.

Last week, the city and its suburbs witnessed hazy sky and poor air quality because of the slow winds. Now, the northerly winds have not only brought relief from the haze and the poor air quality but also made the nights cooler, scientist Ajay Kumar at the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Mumbai, told PTI.

However, with the northerly winds now shifting the direction, the night temperature will not remain on the lower side for long, he said. “The minimum temperature may remain below average tomorrow and on Friday but subsequently it is expected to rise making the nights warmer,” Kumar said. The mercury in the city this morning was recorded at 16.8 degree Celsius, less by 1.8 degree Celsius than the normal temperature, as per the IMD data.

The city was relatively cooler yesterday with the morning temperature being 15.8 degree Celsius, it said. Since Sunday, the minimum temperature in the city has remained lower than normal. It was 17.8 degree Celsius on February 11, 16.6 deg C on February 12 and 15.8 degree Celsius yesterday, said the IMD. The Mumbai’s air quality index, a measure of the particulate matter in the air, was at a moderate 111 yesterday, it added.