After the scorching heat on Wednesday, the moisture from the westerly winds and the cloud cover brought down the maximum temperature in the city to 34.3 degrees Celsius on Thursday. The rise in humidity levels may lead to showers over the weekend, said the Met department.
KS Hosalikar, deputy director general, western region, India Meteorological Department (IMD), said, “The extreme weather state [witnessed on Wednesday] does not stay for very long. The sea breeze [north-westerly winds] set in around 11.30am on Thursday, bringing down the temperatures.”
“The instability of wind, which is spreading from Lakshadweep to south Gujarat, has led to cloud formation over the coast. If the condition persists, the city may witness showers in the coming days,” said Hosalikar.
The maximum temperature in south Mumbai dropped from 36.3 degrees Celsius on Wednesday to 32.8 degrees Celsius on Thursday. The minimum temperatures in south Mumbai and the suburbs rose by almost 4 degrees Celsius, with Colaba recording 27 degrees Celsius and Santacruz 25.6 degrees Celsius.
From the start of the
month, the minimum temperatures have been in the range of 19 degrees Celsius to 23 degrees Celsius.
“Minimum temperatures are calculated in the morning. There was a slight cloud cover on Wednesday night, as a result of which the minimum temperatures increased,” said VK Rajeev, director, western region, IMD.
Humidity level in south Mumbai and the suburbs was 87% and 80% respectively.
The weather bureau has predicted partly cloudy skies for Friday, with maximum and minimum temperatures at 35 degrees Celsius and 25 degrees Celsius respectively.