Mumbai: The city may witness a drop in temperature towards the end of December, as there is a possibility of dense fog and cold wave conditions in the northern parts of the country. The northerlies – cold winds from the north – likely start blowing over the rest of the country (including Mumbai) causing a drop in temperature.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), there is a very dense fog condition likely to continue over Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh during the next 4-5 days, along with a cold wave condition likely to continue over Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and north Rajasthan during next 5 days. While the minimum temperatures in Punjab and adjoining Haryana and north Rajasthan will continue to remain between 2°C to 4°C.
Mumbai this year has been experiencing high maximum temperatures resulting in hot and humid weather even though we have almost reached the end of December. The city even recorded the highest maximum temperature in the country two days in a row last week on Friday and Saturday with temperatures of 35.5 and 35.9 degrees Celsius respectively. However, the drop in temperature by the end of the month may result in a reprieve for the citizens from the heat.
On Monday, Santacruz witnessed a minimum temperature of 22.0 degrees Celsius and a maximum of 33.5 degrees Celsius, with 61% relative humidity. Colaba experienced a minimum temperature of 23.8 degrees Celsius and a maximum of 33.2 degrees Celsius, with 74% relative humidity.
Meanwhile, according to the System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), the city witnessed a 'moderate' Air Quality Index (AQI) of 139 and has forecasted moderate to satisfactory air quality for the next two days over Mumbai.
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