MUMBAI: The city recorded the highest day temperature for the month of May since 2011 on Monday as the mercury rose to 36.1 degrees Celsius, 2.6 degrees above normal, in the suburbs.
South Mumbai, however, recorded a day temperature similar to Sunday’s, at 35.4 degrees Celsius, 1.5 degrees above normal.
The all-time high day temperature in Mumbai was recorded on May 12, 1979, at 41 degrees Celsius and over the past six years the highest day temperature was recorded on May 1 and May 10, 2010 at 37 degrees Celsius.
Weather men attributed Monday’s temperature to a clear sky.
“Over the past two weeks, day temperatures had not crossed the 35 degree Celsius mark owing to partial cloudiness observed almost daily. On Monday, a clear sky allowed the heat intensity to increase, thereby leading to increased day temperature,” said VK Rajeev, director, western region, India Meteorological Department ( IMD), adding that a partly cloudy sky was predicted for Tuesday.
Rajeev said the hot temperature are not likely to continue in the coming days.
“This was a one-off phenomenon and we can expect the day temperature to fall through t he rest of t he week,” he said.