Last week on Wednesday, Mumbai registered the highest temperature for March in three decades when the mercury level reached 41.6 degrees centigrade.
Last week on Wednesday, Mumbai registered the highest temperature for March in three decades when the mercury level reached 41.6 degrees centigrade. A week later on Wednesday, the mercury level has dropped almost ten degrees centigrade, registering maximum temperature of 31.5 degrees at the Colaba weather station, ending the ‘erratic phase’ of rising temperature.
According to weather experts, the temperature drop this week is the indication of return of normal temperature conditions. “You will always have such erratic phases of transformation when the seasons shift. There are various factors such as cold wind waves from Siberia, western disturbance from Iran and the moisture content which affect the temperature here,” said Dr Surendra Thakurdesai, an expert in climatology.
He added that warm air encroaches during the air shifting phase and when the moisture content is less, which makes the air dry, temperature rises. “This happens during the season shift and the temperature rises,” he said. He said that it’s a regional phenomena, expanding up to 1500 to 1600km. According to experts, the extent of cold winds coming from Siberia has reduced and the north-east trade winds will be dominant throughout summer.
Even though the city has registered a drop in the maximum temperature, the minimum temperature recorded has not changed much and is constant at around 20.8 degrees centigrade, registered at Santacruz weather station.
Though the temperature level has dropped in Mumbai, rest of the state has started facing the summer heat. Five weather stations namely; Solapur, Nanded, Akola, Brahmapuri, Chandrapur and Wardha registered 40 degrees centigrade temperature.
The weather officials have confirmed that, the similar temperature conditions will continue in city in coming days. “This is the normal temperature for the city in summer. We expect that the situation will continue,” said an official.