At 38 degrees Celsius, Mumbai could experience one of the hottest February days on record on Thursday. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a heat wave advisory for Mumbai, Raigad and Ratnagiri, following a period of abnormally high temperatures this week.
On Wednesday, the Santacruz weather station recorded a day temperature of 37.4 degrees Celsius, 5.3 degrees Celsius above normal. Colaba recorded 34 degrees Celsius, 3.5 degree Celsius above normal. The night temperature in Colaba was 2.1 degrees above normal at 23.1 degrees Celsius. Santacruz recorded 21 degrees Celsius, almost 2 degrees above normal. Humidity levels were 71% in Colaba and 41% at Santacruz.
According to the India Meteorological Department’s Mumbai office, Thursday’s high will be six degrees above normal, and while the mercury is expected to drop marginally on Friday, the forecast is still grim at 35 degrees Celsius as the maximum temperature.
“The heat wave conditions are for isolated parts of the Konkan coast, including Mumbai, due to a lower-level anti-cyclonic circulation over Gujarat and parts of Maharashtra,” said KS Hosalikar, deputy director general, western region, IMD. “This is bringing warm easterly to north-easterly winds over Mumbai and the surrounding areas. They do not allow the sea breeze [cool westerly winds] to settle over the city fast enough.”