Mumbaiites, brace yourselves for a warm weekend, says IMD
The weather station at Santacruz, representative of suburbs, recorded a maximum temperature of 4.1 degrees above normalUpdated: Feb 17, 2018 13:26 IST
The city recorded hot weather conditions for the third consecutive day, as day and night temperatures remained above the normal mark on Friday.
The weather station at Santacruz, representative of the suburbs and Mumbai, recorded the maximum temperature at 34.6 degrees celsius, 4.1 degree celsius above normal.
Colaba, representative of south Mumbai, recorded 33.5 degrees celsius, 4.1 degrees celsius above normal.
Minimum temperature at both stations was 2.4 degrees celsius above normal. While south Mumbai recorded 22.5 degrees celsius, the suburbs recorded 20.6 degrees celsius.
Even though temperatures were above the normal mark, the maximum temperature was much lesser than Wednesday and Thursday, when Mumbai recorded 36.1 degrees celsius, almost 7 degrees celsius above normal, and 35.6 degrees celsius.
Officials from the weather bureau said similar temperatures are expected over the weekend.
“After all weather systems have died down over northern parts of the country earlier this week, the wind pattern over the city has remained easterly - warm winds from the land. At the same time, the sea breeze (cool westerly winds) are setting in very late, almost beyond 3.30pm. As a result, temperatures are high, and will remain high for the next few days,” said KS Hosalikar, deputy director general, western region, India Meteorological Department (IMD).
Meanwhile, the pollutant-measuring indicator - air quality index (AQI) was recorded in the ‘moderate’ category at 150. Mumbai’s pollution levels were higher than Delhi’s as the national capital recorded an AQI of 145 (moderate). Borivli was the most polluted location in Mumbai with an AQI of 265 (poor). Remaining locations recorded either recorded ‘moderate’ or ‘satisfactory’ air quality.
The System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) predicted an AQI of 154 (moderate) for Saturday. Researchers said calm winds were allowing pollutants to get suspended close to the earth’s surface, and until winds pick up, similar pollution levels are expected to continue.
First Published: Feb 17, 2018 01:08 IST