Mumbai (The Hindu): October is turning out to be Mumbai’s cruellest month. Sunday was its second hottest day in the decade at 38 degrees Celsius, the hottest being in 2015 at 38.6 degrees Celsius. The India Meteorological Department has forecast similar temperatures for next few days.
Mumbai has been witnessing high daytime temperatures since October 1 when the mercury touched 36.8 degrees Celsius, and temperatures have been climbing since. Last week, maximum temperatures were in the 37-degree range. On Sunday, the mercury peaked to 38 degrees Celsius, four degrees above normal.
The hottest day in the decade and the all-time record for Mumbai is 38.6 degrees Celsius on October 17, 2015.
Meanwhile, minimum temperatures have been dipping, with Sunday recording 21.4 degrees Celsius, one degree below normal. The all-time record for lowest minimum temperature in October is of October 30, 1952 of 16.7 degrees.
The meteorological department has attributed this trend to “west coast winds blowing from north-easterly to easterly”.
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