Scorching heat grips Mumbai as max temperature soars to 37 degrees, at 95% humidity
Scorching heat has gripped Mumbai this October, with India Meteorological Department (IMD) recording a maximum temperature of 37 degrees Celsius on Tuesday.
According to IMD data, a maximum temperature of 37.1 degrees Celsius was recorded at the Santacruz observatory today, while Colaba observatory recorded a maximum temperature of 33.5 degrees Celsius.
On the other hand, minimum temperatures of 27.2 and 27 degrees Celsius were recorded at Santacruz and Colaba respectively.
The MeT department also recorded relative humidity of 85 percent in Santacruz and 95 percent in Colaba on Tuesday. The high levels of humidity coupled with the rise in temperature are likely to result in sweltering conditions and uneasy afternoons.
With the maximum temperature touching 37 degrees on Monday and Tuesday, this year’s October is the warmest since 2015, when the temperature had touched 38.6 degrees Celsius.
“This year, due to an anti-cyclone, the entire coast-line in Maharashtra is suffering from lack of moisture and sea wind. Instead, there is a strong easterly wind, which is bringing hot wind from the land to the coastal areas,” IMD Director Scientist (E) Bishwombhar Singh told The Indian Express.
The October heat, which has been on the rise since the start of the month, is expected to continue for a week before the temperature takes a dip.
Skymet has forecast scattered rainfall in Konkan and Goa in the coming 48 hours.
The showers, however, will not bring any respite to Mumbai as the city will receive short spells of rainfall in just one or two places between October 9 and 11, and that too during evening hours.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Emergency Medical Services (MEMS) has issued an alert to doctors about the standard protocol for treating people suffering from dehydration or heat stroke-related problems due to the prevailing weather conditions.