A thick layer of haze settled on the city early on Monday, raising temperatures and reducing traffic visibility. The city may still get hotter as weather officials said that haze coupled with gloomy skies is likely to result in a temperature rise in the city.
On Monday evening, the minimum temperature in south Mumbai was 22 degrees Celsius up from 19.5 degrees Celsius on Sunday. The suburbs also witnessed a rise in the minimum temperature from 15.7 degrees Celsius on Sunday to 19 degrees Celsius on Monday night.
The haze gave a hard time to motorists on the Eastern Express Highway and on the Bandra-Worli Sea link. “I could only see the vehicles from their taillights as it was extremely foggy,” said Pankaj Vishwakarma, a management student who travelled from Bhayandar to Airoli early morning on Monday.
“The haze, a mix of dust, pollutants and water vapour, is created owing to change in wind patterns from the East along with high humidity,” said VK Rajeev, director, western region, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). He said increase in water vapour levels adds to the haze.
IMD officials added that while the cloud cover made the day temperature pleasant the night was comparably humid.
According to the IMD forecast the city is likely to miss the chilly weather over the next 24 hours owing to cloudy skies and the minimum temperature is expected to touch the 20 degrees Celsius mark.