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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

At 39.1°C, it’s hottest Feb day in 46 years

Mumbai:Mumbai has experienced perhaps the most erratic February in its recorded history. Twelve days after the city experienced the third-lowest temperature in February, on Tuesday the mercury climbed to a scorching 39.1 degrees Celsius—the hottest February day in the past decade and possibly in 46 years. 

    By 1.30pm on Tuesday, Santa Cruz recorded a daytime temperature of 39.1 degrees Celsius—higher than 37.9 degrees Celsius of February 27, 2005.
    The all-time high day temperature of 39.6 degrees Celsius was recorded on February 25, 1966. 
    The weather bureau blamed the easterly winds for the sudden heat. "It is because of the dry easterly winds, which have been bringing in 
heat from the land side, that the temperatures have risen so high," said Bishwombhar Singh, director, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Mumbai. 
    What was worse was the low 14% relative humidity when the temperature was recorded on Tuesday. "The weather was not only extremely hot in the city, but also dry due to lack of sea breeze," Singh said. The maximum temperature recorded at Santa Cruz was seven degrees above normal.
ERRATIC WEATHER 'Temp to remain high for next few days' 
Mumbai: The city experienced its hottest February day on Tuesday. 
    While Colaba recorded a maximum temperature of 35.2 degrees Celsius (five degrees above normal), the minimum temperatures recorded at Colaba and Santa Cruz were 22.3 and 17.8 degrees Celsius, respectively. 
    The MET department has predicted that the city will continue to suffer high temperatures over the next twothree days. 
    "Temperatures will remain high at least for the next two-three days. However, since the wind direction 
changed to the north-westerly side from the second half of Tuesday, there is likely to be more relative humidity from Wednesday," Singh said. 
    In what may be even more surprising for Mumbaikars, city temperatures may see another dip in the next few 

days, if the western disturbance causes rainfall in the northern plains of the country. "A western disturbance is once again affecting Jammu & Kashmir. If there is rainfall in the north because of this activity, temperatures in the city may dip again gradually," the IMD chief said.


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