No new cases of leptospirosis were reported in Mumbai on Saturday. The disease has killed 15 people in Mumbai in just 10 days, compared to four deaths in the whole of 2014. Dr Shahid Barmare, a physician at Kohinoor Hospital, Kurla, said, “I have not seen any cases so far today. It appears the cases are restricted to a particular part of the city, indicating transmission within the area.”
As reported by HT on Saturday, 13 of the 15 deaths have been in the suburbs, between Malad and Dahisar. Barmare added that patients should avoid self-medication and go to a doctor immediately if they experience any symptoms.
Meanwhile, the city received scattered rain on Saturday. According to officials from the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Colaba and Santacruz recorded 0.2mm and 1.7mm rain respectively till 5.30pm. Between 8.30am on Friday and 8.30am on Saturday, there were traces of rainfall in Santacruz while Colaba recorded 1.6mm of rain, according to IMD.
Officials from Skymet, a private weather forecaster, said there were no active weather systems in and around Mumbai, but added that there is a chance that the city will see more rain in the coming week than it has recently. “If the depression in the centre of the country, which is giving good rain, moves northwest, and moisture incursions from the Arabian Sea pick up, Mumbai can expect good rain in the next few days,” said GP Sharma, vice president, meteorology, Skymet.
Day temperatures were two degrees Celsius above normal on Saturday, with south Mumbai and the suburbs both recording a temperature of 32.2 degrees Celsius.
However, minimum temperatures decreased from Friday’s high (of three degrees Celsius above normal) to 26.6 degrees Celsius in the suburbs (1.2 degrees above normal) and 27.6 degrees Celsius (2.1 degrees above normal) in south Mumbai. Humidity levels were not too high on Saturday — Colaba and Santacruz recorded 79% and 73% humidity respectively. Weathermen predict a few spells of light rain in the city and suburbs, with a maximum temperature of 31 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 27 degrees Celsius, over the next 24 hours.