MUMBAI: For the first time this season,
maximum temperature touched 40.9 degrees Celsius
on Saturday. Apart from being the highest for the season, it was the third highest recorded for March in a decade.
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The maximum was less by a degree of the all-time highest for March at 41.7 degrees. In 2018, it was 41 degrees and in 2011, it was
on March 17.
Weathermen said the rise in temperature was due to heat wave conditions prevailing over Konkan, and will continue for 24 hours. Thereafter, they forecast a gradual reduction in maximum temperature over the coast. The maximum at IMD Santacruz observatory was 40.9 degrees, which was 7.7 degrees above normal, while at Colaba it was 38 degrees, which was six degrees above normal.
Shubhangi Bhute, scientist, IMD (Mumbai), said wind coming from Rajasthan was hot and dry. “It is north-easterly wind, and because of subsidence of hot air, temperature rises,” she said.
Many pointed out on social media, like Twitter, how this was the beginning of the rise in temperatures considering summer lasts till May. ‘I think Mumbai heat got confused between March and May. Yeh kya May wali garmi March mein ho rahi hai,’ read a tweet from @AlwaysALilExtra, while another from @Sharanya2003 read, ‘Calm down Mumbai heat we didn’t even celebrate Holi yet’.
Meanwhile, the minimum recorded at Colaba and Santacruz continued to stay on the higher side. Colaba recorded a minimum of 25 degrees and Santacruz 22.2 degrees, which was 1.2 degrees and 0.5 degrees below normal. Relative humidity recorded at Colaba and Santacruz was 58% and 30%.
Higher temperatures kept the city’s air quality index in poor category. System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) said Mumbai’s overall AQI for PM2.5 on Saturday was 276, which was higher than 228 a day earlier. An AQI of 200-300 is considered poor, and people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.