The city recorded its second hottest day in February on Wednesday, since 2013.
Day temperatures rose 6.7 degrees Celsius above normal, as recorded by the Santacruz weather station, representative of Mumbai, and stood at 37.2 degrees Celsius. The Colaba weather station, in south Mumbai, recorded 36.9 degrees Celsius, 7.5 degrees Celsius above normal.
The highest day temperature since 2013 was recorded on February 23, 2015 at 38.8 degrees Celsius. The highest for the decade, however, was recorded on February 22, 2012 at 39.1 degrees Celsius, and the all-time high was recorded at 39.6 degrees Celsius on February 25, 1966.
Officials from the weather bureau said that Mumbai and north Konkan areas were likely to remain warm till February 23.
“Warm winds are prevailing over Mumbai and all of the north Konkan region, coming from the south-eastern and eastern parts of the country. The sea breeze also set in late on Wednesday that further led to a rise in day temperatures,” said KS Hosalikar, deputy director-general, western region, India Meteorological Department (IMD). “The temperatures is likely to remain on similar lines for the next eight days as the wind pattern is not likely to change.”
Minimum temperatures in Mumbai were also recorded above the normal mark. While Santacruz recorded 19.3 degrees Celsius, 1.1 degree Celsius above normal, 22.8 degrees Celsius was recorded at Colaba, almost 3 degrees Celsius above normal.
Meanwhile, high temperatures and late setting in of the sea breeze did not allow pollutants to disperse fast from the city’s surface on Wednesday. The pollutant-measuring indicator – air quality index (AQI) hovered in the ‘poor’ category at 201, and is expected to remain that way on Thursday.
Hottest February days
|Year||Highest maximum February temperature (in degrees Celsius)|
|2017 so far||37.2|
|Highest for the decade 2012||39.1|
|All time high 1966||39.6|
(Source: India Meteorological Department)