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Mumbai sees 2nd hottest March day in 5 yrs

The city experienced the second hottest March day in five years on Tuesday with the maximum temperature in the suburbs touching 39.5 degrees Celsius, a good 6.7 degrees above normal.

mumbai Updated: Mar 06, 2013 01:38 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

The city experienced the second hottest March day in five years on Tuesday with the maximum temperature in the suburbs touching 39.5 degrees Celsius, a good 6.7 degrees above normal.

Last year, the city touched the same temperature on March 25. Tuesday’s maximum temperature was also the third highest in a decade.

South Mumbai, too, witnessed rising mercury levels with maximum temperature at 37.5 degrees Celsius, 6.3 degrees above normal.

Minimum temperatures recorded in the city haven’t shown much of a change from Monday. While Santacruz recorded a minimum temperature of 15.6 degrees Celsius, 4.2 degrees below normal, it was 22 degrees Celsius (0.4 below normal) in Colaba.

“Anti-cyclone phenomenon continues over the north-east Arabian Sea adjoining Maharashtra and Gujarat coast. However, it is showing signs of diffusion; it has dropped to level two from level three,” said VK Rajeev, director, western region, India Meteorological Department, adding that the hot conditions in the city will last for a day or two.

An anti-cyclone is an area with high atmospheric pressure where the winds flow in the clockwise direction in the northern hemisphere and in the anti-clockwise direction in the southern hemisphere.

As a result, the solar radiation getting into the earth’s surface does not allowing warm air to escape into the atmosphere that results in temperature rise.

The weather department has forecast a maximum temperature of 39 degree Celsius and a minimum temperature of 15 degree Celsius on Wednesday.

First Published: Mar 06, 2013 01:37 IST