Mumbai weather: The city has been experiencing a dual swing in temperatures on Sunday with the maximum temperatures climbing up and minimum temperatures sliding down as Santacruz recorded a maximum temperature of 36.3 degree Celsius (°C),four degrees above normal,while the minimum temperature was 16.4°C.
After touching a high of 39.1 °C on February 21,the maximum temperatures have seen a fall,going down to 32.6°C in Santacruz on Friday,while Colaba was at 29.4°C. But on Sunday,Santacruz recorded 36.3 °C more than four degrees above normal of 32,while Colaba recorded 32.3°C,above its normal of 30. Meanwhile,the minimum temperatures,which had been hovering around 17-18°C in the suburbs and 21°C in the island city over the past few days,fell to 16.4°C in the suburbs,almost two degrees below normal and 20°C in the island city on Sunday. Due to a western disturbance over Jammu and Kashmir and night time winds in the city being northerly which bring the cold conditions from the north with them,there was a fall in minimum temperatures. However,during the day,north easterly winds did not allow the sea breeze to set in. The sea breeze on Sunday set in only around 1 pm and thus the moisture was low,which led to an increase in temperatures, Bishwombhar Singh,director,Meteorological Department said.
This is the period of transition from winter to summer. Maximum temperature may rise slightly in the next two to three days if the easterly winds persist and minimum temperatures may fall further, Singh added.
Infections,respiratory ailments on rise
With temperatures fluctuating,there has been an increase in cases of viral infections and respiratory disorders along with gastrointestinal infections in the city.
As the day temperatures have been abnormally high,a number of patients have been complaining of dehydration,loss of appetite and lethargy. Cases of gastrointestinal infections,which are common summer ailments have already started cropping up,even though the night temperatures have remained relatively low, Dr Shahid Barmare,a senior consultant at Kohinoor Hospital said.
General physician Dr Nisha Gala said she has seen a 25-30 per cent increase in the number of patients in her clinic in Dadar in the past two week.Most of these patients have been complaining of sore throat,cough,cold and dehydration. Children and elderly patients are most susceptible to ailments during times of fluctuating temperatures, Dr Gala said.
It is important to keep the body hydrated,even when it is not hot. People should avoid drinking cold water right after being exposed to the day heat,as the body takes time to stabilise. People should exercise caution in the kind of food and water they consume to avoid gastrointestinal problems, Dr Barmare said.