The brief reprieve from the heat seems to be coming to end. Maximum temperatures in the city shot up by 6-7 degrees Celsius over the weekend to 38.2 degrees Celsius, making Sunday the second hottest February day in a decade.
In comparison, maximum temperatures on Friday was seen relatively low at 32 and 29.2 degrees Celsius at Santacruz and Colaba respectively.
According to KS Hosalikar, deputy director general, India Meteorological Department (IMD), western region, the current weather condition is not unusual. “If we look back to last year, the temperatures during the last week of February were between 35-39 degrees Celsius. This extreme temperature is an indication of change in wind patterns from north-easterly to easterly because of transition of the seasons.”
On February 22, 2012, the maximum temperature had reached 39.1 degrees Celsius. However, the highest recorded maximum temperature in the month is 39.6 degrees Celsius, recorded on February 25, 1966. “The weekend temperature can be defined as extreme or hot days. There is a drop in moisture levels and it is warm and dry,” said Hosalikar.
The IMD said such conditions will continue for a few days. “Winter will continue in Mumbai till the end of February. The current weather pattern is likely to continue, but with lesser intensity,” said VK Rajeev, director, western region, IMD.
Since the start of the month, the minimum temperature has been fluctuating from 15 degrees Celsius up to 19 degrees Celsius. On Sunday, the minimum temperature in Colaba was 23 degrees Celsius while Santacruz recorded 21.2 degrees Celsius. Humidity levels dipped extensively compared to previous days.