Mumbai: Thursday was the coldest day in December that Mumbai experienced in two years, said reports. The minimum temperature dipped to 15 Celsius. The city had last recorded 15 degrees Celsius on December 11, 2016. Last year, the lowest recorded minimum temperature for the month was 15.2 degrees C recorded on December 21, said a report in a leading daily. (Also read: Delhi Air Quality Deteriorates, Likely to Remain Unfavourable Over Next 3 Days)

Indian Meteorological Department Deputy Director General KS Hosalikar told the daily, “The gusty winds during the day (northerly to north-westerly) and at night (easterly to north-easterly) have brought the chill in the air. A similar trend is seen in the other parts of the state. Winter is being felt in the city in the last 24 hours.”

On Thursday, the Santacruz observatory recorded a minimum temperature of 15 degrees C which was a good 3.3 degrees Celsius below normal. The Colaba observatory recorded 20.5 degrees C, a minuscule 0.2 degrees Celsius below normal. Both the observatories recorded a maximum temperature of 32.6 degrees C, said the report.

The IMD has forecast cold wave and severe cold wave conditions for Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan for the next three days. The bureau said that isolated cold wave conditions will develop over west Uttar Pradesh as well.

Ahmednagar, which recorded a minimum temperature of 6.4 degrees C on Thursday, partly met the cold wave criteria.

Meanwhile, as per IMD, isolated rainfall activity was likely over Andaman & Nicobar Islands, peninsular India and over Lakshadweep area. It also predicted above normal rainfall activity over southwest Peninsular India and over Lakshadweep area in the next few days.

Minimum temperatures likely to be below normal over most parts of the country outside northeastern states and peninsular India where it is likely to be above normal. They are likely to be above normal over some parts of the western Himalayan region,
northeastern states and the south interior Karnataka and below normal over rest of the country in the coming week, said the IMD website.

Dense fog is likely at isolated places over north-east and east India in the next 4-5 days. Shallow to moderate fog is likely at isolated pockets over northern plains during the next 4-5 days.