Thursday was the third hottest November day for Santacruz since 2001 at 36.7°C while Colaba recorded 35.8 °C.
Met officials say temperatures in November have been unsually high as the winds have not settled and the mercury is expected to come down to normal in a day or two.
Since November 1,the maximum temperatures in Colaba have been between 32.5 and 36°C,which is above the normal of 32 °C. Santacruz maximum temperatures have been between 34 and and 37 °C above its normal of 33 degrees. Even the minimum temperatures were two to three degrees above normal, said VK Rajeev,Director of weather forecast,India Meteorological Department (IMD). The minimum temperatures in the island city have been 24 and 26°C while in Santacruz they have been between 20.7 and 23.7°C.
In this period,the lower level winds should be the north easterly winds which flow from the Northwestern regions of the country and cause temperatures to dip. But there have been mostly northerly winds. This is due to two successive depressions in the Arabian Sea that disturbed the normal flow of winds,causing the temperatures to rise, Rajeev said. The depression systems have now dissipated and the winds are expected to stabilise.