Mumbai experiences “October Heat”
Mumbai residents have been grappling with rising temperatures as the city experiences what meteorologists call the “October Heat.” The Santacruz Observatory recorded a maximum temperature of nearly 36 degrees Celsius on Monday, while the Colaba Coastal Observatory registered 33.5 degrees Celsius on Friday.
No Heatwave Warning, but Discomfort Persists
Despite the discomfort caused by the higher temperatures, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has not issued a heatwave warning for the city. Officially, a heatwave is declared when temperatures depart by 4-5 degrees Celsius above normal. Currently, Mumbai’s temperatures are only one or two degrees above the normal range.
Neighboring Districts to Experience Relief
The neighboring districts of Palghar and Thane are expected to experience relief from the heat with light rain activity forecast for the upcoming weekend. This change in weather is attributed to the presence of western disturbances and the formation of an easterly trough.
Humidity and Impact
High humidity levels have contributed to the discomfort experienced by Mumbaikars. Relative humidity levels stood at 87 percent in Colaba and 75 percent in Santacruz on Friday. The moisture content, combined with anticyclonic conditions and easterly winds, makes the temperature rise feel even hotter, reaching up to 37-38 degrees Celsius.
Hope for Light Drizzle
After the announcement of the monsoon withdrawal, Mumbai has remained rain-free. However, experts suggest that Mumbai may experience light drizzles during Navratri if a Low-Pressure system in the Arabian Sea strengthens in the coming days. This could provide some relief from the current hot and humid conditions.