Mumbai, Feb 14 (PTI) 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 deg C

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.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.