Heat and humidity make Mumbai sweat

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 17, 2015 23:01 IST

The maximum and minimum temperatures in Mumbai rose by almost two degrees Celsius above the normal mark on Friday, as disturbances along the western coast died down through the week.

On the other hand, Mumbai’s air quality index improved and was at moderate levels.

Minimum temperature shot up to 27.8 degrees Celsius in south Mumbai, 2.7 degree Celsius above normal and 26.2 degrees Celsius in the suburbs, two degrees Celsius above normal.

Maximum temperature recorded in the suburbs and south Mumbai increased compared to the rest of the week. With 33.7 degrees Celsius, 1.3 degree Celsius above normal, and 34.2 degrees Celsius (1.4 degree Celsius above normal), being recorded in south Mumbai and the suburbs, respectively.

Pollution levels decreased on Friday, as the air quality index (AQI), calculated by the United States Consulate General in Bandra, recorded at 6pm, fell to 90 from the previous week’s high of 159.

The US consulate also launched hourly updates of pollutant particles, particulate matter (PM2.5) on their website a week ago. PM2.5 levels were 30.7 micrograms per cubic metre (ug/m3), almost half of the permissible limit set by the Central Pollution Control Board of 60 ug/m3.

VK Rajeev, director, western region, IMD said, “There has been a marginal increase in temperatures in the suburbs and south Mumbai. There is nothing significant as this increase in temperatures is normal as we approach the peak summer season.”

Owing to a drop in the sea breeze levels, humidity increased to 75% and 64% in Colaba and Santacruz, respectively.

The weathermen have predicted clear skies with maximum and minimum temperatures of 35 degrees Celsius and 26 degrees Celsius on Saturday.

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