After two days of record day temperatures, Mumbai recorded a drop in mercury levels on Monday. The weather department predicted a fall in temperature by another degree for Tuesday.
As against 38.6 degrees Celsius on Saturday and 38.3 degrees Celsius on Sunday, the Santacruz weather station recorded 34.7 degrees Celsius — 2.6 degree Celsius above normal — on Monday. The Colaba weather station too, recorded a 4 degrees Celsius drop in temperatures from Sunday to 32.7 degrees Celsius on Monday.
The city, however, recorded a marginal rise in night temperatures as Colaba recorded 22.2 degrees Celsius, 1.1 degree Celsius above normal while 19.7 degrees Celsius was recorded at the suburbs, 0.6 degree Celsius above normal. For the past four days, the night temperatures in Mumbai were closer to the normal mark.
Officials from the weather department said that the weather system over south Konkan — which was responsible for high temperatures — had died. “The wind pattern is slowly changing form warm easterly to cool westerly winds along the Konkan coast. A western disturbance passing over Jammu and Kashmir has led to change in weather factors over the central peninsular, allowing the sea breeze to set in on time,” said Shubhangi Bhute, director, Regional Meteorological Centre, India Meteorological Department. “We expect temperatures to move close to the normal mark over the next 48 hours from Monday.”