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Grey Monday: Mumbai wrapped in invisibility cloak

Visibility dropped as the city was covered under a thick envelope of fog yesterday; weather experts say that such conditions are going to continue till the end of February

Mumbaikars woke up to a thick layer of fog and the mist continued to keep the city enveloped till late evening. Weather experts at the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said that residents could expect more fog in the days to come, adding that such haze would continue till February-end.

With fog enveloping most of Mumbai, the city looked like a beautiful, green hill station paradise. Pics/Emmanual Karbhari, Datta Kumbhar, Shadab Khan and Sameer Markande
With fog enveloping most of Mumbai, the city looked like a beautiful, green hill station paradise. Pics/Emmanual Karbhari, Datta Kumbhar, Shadab Khan and Sameer Markande

Speaking to MiD DAY P Ajaykumar, director of Regional Weather Forecasting Centre at IMD said that fog occurred as the visibility dropped below 1,000 metres. He said, “Intense fog was witnessed on Monday morning and this is advection fog, which is very peculiar to Mumbai wherein the cold air coming from the Arabian Sea mixes with the warm air of the land.”

There’s no polar vortex in the city but yesterday, the city was enveloped in a thick layer of fog
There’s no polar vortex in the city but yesterday, the city was enveloped in a thick layer of fog

According to data collected by the IMD, for the last three decades, the months of January and February have seen maximum fog whereas from May to August there has been zero fog. Experts, however, added that visibility could have been affected yesterday owing to air pollution.

Tall structures such as the chimneys of old mills stood tall above the fog that nuzzled the city yesterday
Tall structures such as the chimneys of old mills stood tall above the fog that nuzzled the city yesterday

V M Motghare, director of Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) said that the fog might have been caused due to the presence of dust particles in the air. “Presence of dust particles could be attributed to vehicular traffic and other infrastructure work going on in the city,” he added.

A dense blanket of fog shrouded Mumbai yesterday in an ethereal haze. A train emerges from the thick fog and no signs of the sun kept temperatures low too
A dense blanket of fog shrouded Mumbai yesterday in an ethereal haze. A train emerges from the thick fog and no signs of the sun kept temperatures low too

Meanwhile, environmentalists are of the opinion that such weather conditions need to be studied for its effects on those suffering from respiratory disorders such as asthma and bronchitis. Deby Goenka, an environmentalist said, “The exhaust from vehicles, burning garbage and dust could have an impact on public health. We should take care to reduce the levels of pollution in order to reduce the smog in the air.”

Did you know?
The foggiest place in the world is the Grand Banks off the island of Newfoundland, the meeting place of the cold Labrador current from the north and the much warmer Gulf Stream from the south

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