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Sweltering heat to stay in Mumbai

Monday, April 16, 2018
By Manjiri Chitre

Maximum temperature yesterday was recorded around 33 degree Celsius which is one degree above normal temperature

Mumbaikars will have to deal with the sweltering heat for another week as well with the temperature in Mumbai city expected to rise in the coming week, claimed the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) officials.

The Indian Meteorological Department had issued an advisory warning where they mentioned that temperatures will be increasing in the coming week. However, according to official sources, there are no signs of a heat wave hitting the city drastically anytime soon. “The temperatures may go up by two to three degree Celsius due to the change in the wind pattern of the North Westerly. Once they change the pattern again, we may experience cooler days”, said Ajay Kumar, Scientist, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Mumbai.

The city witnessed a heat wave on March 25 this year with the temperature reaching up to 41 Degree Celsius which is almost eight degrees above normal. The IMD had issued a warning as well. According to official sources, the IMD recorded a temperature of around 33 degree Celsius after the heat wave. Officials further claimed that this temperature is expected to rise by another two to three degree Celsius in the coming week.

Air quality reaches ‘good’ level
After almost a fortnight of poor air quality, the city's air pollution levels have decreased, as the air quality index has shifted to 'Good' in the air quality index bar. Sources claimed that just a week ago,  'poor' air quality was recorded in some parts of the city, mainly Malad. According to the System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research, the Air Quality Index (AQI) recorded yesterday was 73 which is considered as 'good' on the index bar.

The change in the wind pattern and moisture levels in the atmosphere decide the pollution and air quality levels, claimed official sources. “A change in the wind pattern is helping the air quality to be clean with lesser pollutants”, said a senior Weatherman, on the condition of anonymity.

Among the 10 locations in the city monitored by SAFAR, Worli recorded the lowest Air Quality Index (AQI) of 42. Along with it, Chembur (61), Bhandup (83), Colaba (84), Andheri (48), Malad (64), Mazgaon (100), and Borivali (89) recorded an AQI in the 'good' category, whereas BKC (126), and Navi Mumbai (101), recorded an AQI in the 'moderate' category.

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