Almost a week after the city witnessed fairly pleasant days, there was a sudden spike in temperatures on Saturday.
The maximum temperature recorded at the suburbs was 4 degrees above normal at 36.5 degrees Celsius, while it was 33 degrees Celsius at South Mumbai, which was 2 degrees above normal.
Similarly, minimum temperatures at both weather stations were also above normal – 25.8 degrees Celsius at Colaba (3 degrees above normal) and 23.4 degrees Celsius at Santacruz (2.1 degrees above normal). Humidity levels stood at 54% at south Mumbai and 32% in the suburbs.
According to the weathermen at the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the rise in both day time and night time temperatures is a result of an anti-cyclone over the southern peninsula which includes the western part of India. “Winds have become easterly, from being northerly and westerly till yesterday. Hence the increase in temperatures,” said VK Rajeev, director, western region, IMD . “The temperature pattern is expected to remain the same for two to three days.”
The IMD has predicted clear skies on Sunday, with maximum temperature at 37 degrees Celsius and minimum temperature at 24 degrees Celsius.