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Mumbai sweats over winter that refuses to come

mumbai Updated: Dec 01, 2011 01:40 IST
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Mumbaiites who were hoping to welcome December with their mothballed woolens will have to wait just a little longer. Though the meteorological department expects temperatures to return to normal over the next two days, Wednesday was the hottest day in November since 2004.

On Wednesday, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) recorded a temperature of 36.8 degree celsius in Santacruz, the highest for this time of the year since November 17, 2004. There wasn't much relief at night either, with the minimum temperature recorded in Santacruz at 24 degree celsius, which was five degrees above normal.

"As per the records at the Santacruz observatory, this could be the highest temperature in the past seven years," said VK Rajeev, director, western region, IMD.

Like the suburbs, south Mumbai also witnessed a spike in temperatures with the mercury touching 33.4 degree celsius, which was one degree above normal. At 26 degree celsius, the minimum temperature was four degrees above normal.

Attributing this to the general rise in temperature of the city, Rajeev said temperatures would come back to normal over the next two days. "One of the major reasons for the rise in temperature is the change in the direction of wind. Instead of north-easterly winds, we have been subjected to easterly winds, which do not favour a dip in temperature," he said.

With little choice, Mumbaiites continued to grapple with the heat. "It is quite unbelievable that we have to experience such severe heat in November. I could barely concentrate in class," said Anuj Shah, 20, a resident of Vile Parle.

"Since I have lectures in the afternoon, I can feel the heat even while in class."

Shah's gripe was backed by software professional Sweta Joshi. "It's tough to deal with the temperature fluctuation as I move in and out of my air-conditioned office. I can't wait for winter," Joshi said.