The city equalled the highest day temperature in a decade for October in the suburbs on Thursday. The mercury soared to 37.2 degrees Celsius, 3.8 degrees Celsius above normal, matching the high recorded on October 24, 2014.
The all-time high maximum temperature was recorded at 37.9 degrees Celsius on October 23, 1972. The day temperatures in south Mumbai too was up by two degrees above normal, recorded at 34.8 degrees Celsius.
Meteorologists on Thursday morning declared that the southwest monsoon withdrew from Mumbai and the state, shooting the temperatures up.
“The change in season has brought on a rise in temperatures in Mumbai. Wind patterns have become easterly that are warm and relatively slow as compared to westerly winds and humidity levels during the day are high,” said KS Hosalikar, deputy director general, western region, India Meteorological Department (IMD).
Hosalikar added that the current weather pattern is likely to continue for the coming days and the city is likely to see temperatures shooting further up.
Humidity levels shot up to 92% at Colaba and 78% at Santacruz during the day. However, by the evening 70% and 55% was recorded at south Mumbai and the suburbs respectively.
Night temperatures increased at both Colaba and Santacruz on Thursday with 27.4 degrees Celsius, 2.4 degree Celsius above normal being recorded at Colaba while Santacruz recorded 25.4 degrees Celsius, 1.5 degree Celsius above normal.