Only ten days into October and the heat is already steadily soaring. On Monday, the temperatures recorded in the city were up to three degrees above normal. The maximum temperature recorded in south Mumbai was 34 degree Celsius, three degrees above normal.
The maximum temperature in the suburbs was two degree above normal at 34 degree Celsius. Even the minimum temperatures were two degrees above normal with Colaba at 27 degree Celsius and 25 degree Celsius at Santacruz.
“Everyone is feeling the heat because of the absence of rain,” said VK Rajeev, director, western region, India Meteorological Department.
“Post monsoon season, the wind patterns have also started changing. This kind of weather is normal during October.”
Rajeev added that with the season changing, the wind patterns would now be northerly or north-easterly.
This is different from the monsoon season when the wind is westerly or south-westerly.
Since the monsoon has not yet started receding, the humidity levels in south Mumbai was 85%, ten percent above normal, because it is closer to the sea.
However, Mumbaiites living in the suburbs didn’t sweat it out as much with the humidity at 58%, eleven percent below normal.
Weathermen have predicted the maximum temperatures to remain high at 35 degree Celsius. The IMD has forecast cloudy skies with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers in some part of the city and suburbs.
“The last few days have been so hot that even the breeze from two fans in the house is not enough,” said Priya Shetty, a homemaker.
I have already started dreading my electricity bill next month since I am back to sleeping with the air-condition switched on,” she added.