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Mercury shoots up,35°C in Santacruz

After a cool spell towards the end of last month,February has begun on a hot note,with the maximum temperature on Friday rising more than four degrees above normal to 35.2°C in Santacruz while Colaba recorded 32.2°C,three degrees above normal.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: February 4, 2012 3:20:14 am

After a cool spell towards the end of last month,February has begun on a hot note,with the maximum temperature on Friday rising more than four degrees above normal to 35.2°C in Santacruz while Colaba recorded 32.2°C,three degrees above normal.

Towards the end of January,minimum temperatures reached a record-breaking low with the city experiencing its coldest January temperature at 10°C on January 29 in Santacruz. The next day,Colaba recorded a minimum temperature of 12.5°C,a record for the island city. Maximum temperatures too fell sharply,with Santacruz recording 26.8°C on January 29 below its normal of 31°C while Colaba recorded 26.4°C,below its normal of 29. However,since the beginning of February,minimum temperatures have risen with Colaba recording 21.2°C on Friday and Santacruz recording 17.6°C. But maximum temperatures have notably increased. “When the minimum temperatures rise,maximum temperatures also rise. The minimum temperatures have risen because there is no western disturbance in the north and also because the winds have been north easterly.,” said VK Rajeev,director,India Meteorological Department.

Weather officials say a western disturbance is approaching and there may be a fall in temperatures in a day or two.

“If the western disturbance forms over the Jammu and Kashmir area and winds become northerly,we can expect some fall in temperatures. If there is a fall,temperatures will come to normal or slightly below normal,” said Rajeev.

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