The festival of lights got off to a sweltering start in Mumbai this year, with maximum temperatures soaring above 36 degrees Celsius on Wednesday. At Colaba, the maximum temperature was 36.7 degrees Celsius, 3.9 degrees above normal. At Santacruz, the maximum temperature was 37 degrees Celsius, which is 3.4 degrees above normal. The relative humidity was 68% at Colaba, and 58% at Santacruz.
The minimum temperatures too were above normal, with Colaba recording 27 degree Celsius, which is 2.2 degrees above normal. Santacruz recorded a minimum temperature of 25.2 degrees Celsius, which is 1.6 degrees above normal.
Weathermen from India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the October heat will not relent for the next three or four days, as the wind pattern has not changed. “The winds are still easterly and north-easterly, blowing from the landward side, bringing hot air into the city. We expect the temperatures to start dipping early next week,” said VK Rajeev, director, IMD, western region.
The IMD has been observing the low-pressure area that has formed over south-east Arabian Sea, bringing thundershowers to Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Also, there is a trough at mean sea level extending towards the coast of Maharashtra.
“Presently, we don’t see any possibility of rainfall in the state. The low-pressure area will turn into a depression and is expected to move westward, towards Africa,” said Rajeev.