The warm days and cool evenings that Mumbai is presently witnessing won't last long in April.
The strong north-westerly winds, which have brought moisture and reduced the heat, will soon weaken leading to a rise in temperature, said RV Sharma, deputy director general, India Meteorological Department.
On Friday, Colaba recorded a maximum temperature of 33.5 degrees Celsius while at Santa-cruz it was 34.8 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperatures at Colaba and Santacruz were 25.2 and 23.6 degrees Celsius respectively.
After a relatively hot March — March 16 was the hottest day for the month in the last 55 years with a maximum temperature at 41.6 degrees Celsius — the normal temperatures this month had brought some relief. “I've managed to sleep without switching on my air conditioner,” said Dilip Patil, an Andheri resident.
But temperatures are set to rise as the month progresses. The IMD has predicted maximum temperature of 35 degrees Cel-sius and minimum temperature of 24 degrees Celsius on Saturday.
“The intensity and pattern of the winds will change from north-westerly to westerly and south-westerly directions. As mercury rises in parts of north India, the city will also start heating up,” said Sharma.