Mumbai: It was yet another scorcher of an October day in the city on Wednesday, with the mercury rising to 37.6 degrees Celsius for the second day in a row. This October has not only been one of the hottest in the decade but also has the lowest recorded rainfall so far. On October 7 this year, the maximum temperature recorded was 38 degrees Celsius, close to the highest day temperature recorded so far, on October 17, 2015, at 38.6 degrees Celsius.
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Emergency Medical Services (MEMS) has issued an alert to doctors about the standard protocol for treating people suffering from dehydration or heat stroke-related problems on account of the prevailing weather conditions. According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), there will be no respite in temperatures and as for the rest of the month, maximum temperatures are expected to remain in the range of 35 to 38 degrees Celsius. “The warm and humid easterly winds have led to rising temperatures in the city. This has resulted in sea breeze setting in later, making the mercury spike alarmingly,” said an IMD official. Since 2008, only three times has the city temperature crossed 37 degrees Celsius in this month. But this year, maxi temperatures in the city have crossed the 37-degree mark over five times this month.
On both Tuesday and Wednesday, IMD’s Santacruz observatory recorded a maximum temperature of 37.6 degrees Celsius and the Colaba observatory recorded a maximum of 35 degrees Celsius. The temperature was four degrees above normal on Tuesday and Wednesday.KS Hosalikar, deputy director general, Western region, IMD, said the maximum temperature escalated on Wednesday due to a clear sky.