The city didn’t get respite from the heat as temperatures continued to stay close to eight degrees above normal on Thursday.
While the maximum temperature at Santacruz remained at a high of 41 degree Celsius, in Colaba there was a little respite with maximum temperature being 38.4 degree. Minimum temperatures were normal for this time of the month at 23.4 degree Celsius at Colaba and 20.5 degree Celsius at Santacruz.
Officials from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) blamed the hot dry winds over the city from the north easterly to easterly direction for soaring temperatures. “This causes the local heat to rise There also has been no sea breeze, which brings moisture from the Arabian Sea and arrests rise of maximum temperature,” said RV Sharma, deputy director-general, western region, IMD.
In fact, March 16 was the hottest day for the month in the last 55 years with maximum temperature at 41.6 degree Celsius. The weathermen predicted maximum temperature to remain 40 degree Celsius on Friday.