Mumbai: Colaba swelters in third hottest May day in 10 years

The maximum temperature recorded by the weather bureau was 35.7°C in Colaba; IMD says the temperature would remain more or less the same in the coming days as well

With the mercury touching 35.7°C, Sunday became the third hottest day in May in 10 years. In 2010 the temperature had touched a scorching 37°C for the same month.

File pic for representation
File pic for representation

Despite being a holiday, most people preferred staying indoors to beat the heat. However, those who were out on the streets had to bear the brunt of the sweltering heat. Saiesh Chodankar, a student, said, “I had to step out of the house to attend my classes. Had there been no lectures, I’d have surely spent the day indoors no matter what.”

Commenting on the rising temperatures, Rajeev Nair, director, India Meteorological Department (IMD) Mumbai, said, “The temperature would remain more or less the same, and a few fluctuations could be excepted. The month of May usually remains hotter and the temperature is always above 30°C.”

As per IMD’s data, the hottest day for the ongoing month was recorded on May 12, 1979, when the temperature reached 41°C. While, the lowest temperature ever recorded in May was 23.6° C. However, from 2005 to 2014, the temperatures for May have remained above 30°C.

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