Mumbai: Suburbs cooler by 5 degrees C after surprise showers
In the suburbs, temperatures dipped by as much as 5 degrees Celsius, from 37 degrees Celsius on Friday to 32 degrees Celsius (0.9 degrees Celsius below normal) on Saturday.mumbai Updated: Mar 14, 2015 21:44 IST
Sudden showers on Friday night brought welcome respite from the sweltering heat to parts of Mumbai.
In the suburbs, temperatures dipped by as much as 5 degrees Celsius, from 37 degrees Celsius on Friday to 32 degrees Celsius (0.9 degrees Celsius below normal) on Saturday.
South Mumbai, however, did not see much variation in temperatures. While the suburbs recorded 1.7mm of rainfall on Friday night, the island city received 0.4mm.
The showers were accompanied by thunder, but did not last long. The city did not receive any rain on Saturday.
“These showers are mainly because of increase in moisture over the last few days and local disturbances around Mumbai. The rain will not continue for the coming days,” said VK Rajeev, director, western region, India Meteorological Department.
The rain did not affect the maximum temperature for the island city, which was at 32.7 degrees Celsius (1.3 degrees Celsius above normal). Maximum temperatures in south Mumbai have hovered between 30 and 33 degrees Celsius through the past week.
KS Hosalikar, deputy director general of Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said, “March is a very critical month, where temperature variations are high. It is the transition month from winter to summer.”
Humidity levels increased slightly because of the showers on Friday night. Humidity levels recorded at Colaba were 76% compared to 68% on Friday; at Santacruz it was 73% compared to 57% on Friday.
Weathermen have predicated partly cloudy skies with the likeliness of rain and thunderstorms, with minimum temperature of 23 degrees Celsius and maximum temperature at 33 degrees Celsius for Sunday.