AFTER two days of thundershowers, the city will face a dry spell on Wednesday and Thursday with the regional forecast by Indian Meteorological Department (IMD)predicting high temperatures coupled with dry weather for the coming days. Regions such as Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Goa, East and West Vidarbha, and Marathwada will also have a dry spell for the next two days.
On Tuesday, the maximum temperature in the city soared to 34.3 degree Celsius, three degrees less than the temperature recorded last week. According to IMD, while Santacruz recorded a maximum temperature at 34.3 and minimum at 23.8 degree Celsius, Colaba recorded a maximum temperature at 31.8 and minimum dropping to 24.8 degree Celsius.
“The changing weather patterns is not erratic, it is on the expected lines. In the last week of September or first fortnight of October, the temperature rises along with gentle showers due to withdrawal of Monsoon,” said H S Hosalikar, deputy general director, IMD.
With irregular spells of dry weather followed by gentle showers, experts believe virus has found a conducive atmosphere to grow. Doctors have been observing a sudden rise in viral infections since September last week. Data gathered from the civic health department showed that 1,724 fever cases were reported in first six days of October. “The figures of private hospitals are excluded,” confirmed Dr Minnie Khetarpal, deputy executive health officer.
According to Dr Behram Pardiwala, attached with Wockhardt Hospital, he is seeing three to four patients with upper respiratory tract viral infection every day.
“With high temperatures, dengue cases are also high. Most samples we test for suspected dengue are getting confirmed,” he said. Currently, he has four dengue patients admitted under him. In September, the BMC recorded 3,979 suspected dengue cases.