With rains gone, city feels the heat again
The city has begun reeling under October heat, but weather officials claim city temperatures were not abnormal.mumbai Updated: Oct 08, 2011 01:50 IST
The city has begun reeling under October heat, but weather officials claim city temperatures were not abnormal. On Friday, the maximum temperature recorded in the suburbs was 34 degrees Celsius. South Mumbai was slightly cooler at 32 degree Celsius.
“This kind of weather is normal in Mumbai during October,” said RV Rajeev, director, India Meteorological Department (IMD), western region. The city’s minimum temperature was also quite high at 26 degrees Celsius.
Worse, high humidity is making commuting difficult for office-goers. According to IMD records the humidity across the city passed the 80% mark on Friday.
“I have begun carrying water to work because my mouth frequently dries up in this weather,” said Shailendra Thakur, who works in an insurance firm at Parel.
Vishal Nair, who commutes by train daily, took a two-day break from work as his body failed to adapt to the change in climate. “I was feeling weak after a long day of making sales calls,” said Nair, a medical representative with a multi-national pharmaceutical company.
The weather is unlikely to change soon since the monsoon season is receding in the country.
IMD officials said that there were only slim chances of light rain in the next two days. As a result the maximum temperature would be around 34 degrees Celsius. Weather officials consider October the city’s second summer. IMD officials said that hot winds flowing towards the city from dry regions such as Nagpur and Vidharba results in the heat wave during October.
Cases of viral fever, throat and chest infections have also gone up in the city. Doctors advised consuming adequate amount of water, eating nutritious food, besides maintaining personal hygiene and taking adequate rest.