High temps not due to heat wave, says IMD

ST Correspondent
Monday, 26 March 2018

Pune: Rubbishing claims that a heat wave-like condition prevails after Thane’s temperature reached a new high of 41 degrees Celsius on Sunday, AK Srivastava, Head of Climate Monitoring and Analysis Group at India Meteorological department, Pune said that the temperature rose due to lack of sea breeze activity.

Pune: Rubbishing claims that a heat wave-like condition prevails after Thane’s temperature reached a new high of 41 degrees Celsius on Sunday, AK Srivastava, Head of Climate Monitoring and Analysis Group at India Meteorological department, Pune said that the temperature rose due to lack of sea breeze activity.

“Although, there was a departure by about eight degrees Celsius, as recorded at Santacruz observatory, the event occurred as sea breeze did not flow,” said Srivastava. He said that besides in a few parts of Saurashtra, nowhere in India does a heat wave prevail currently.

Interestingly, the weather bulletin given by IMD, Pune for the State did mention that heat wave-like conditions would prevail in some parts of Mumbai’s suburbs. Srivastva said, “This cannot be called a heat wave. Temperature rose because of less moisture and no wind, but not beyond the normal range. Day-to-day temperature keeps changing and plus or minus of two degrees does not mean there is a heat wave.” 

When pointed out that there was a departure of eight degrees at Thane, he said, “It was not normal, but still no heat wave prevailed. Coastal temperature largely depends upon sea breeze activity. Temperature recorded on Monday was 38.7 degrees Celsius.”

“Santacruz has a high day temperature and low temperature at night compared with Colaba observatory. This is the case for any urban or semi-urban area,” said Srivastava. Meanwhile, on Monday, Pune recorded a maximum temperature of 38.1 degrees Celsius while Ahmednagar recorded a minimum of 16.2 degrees Celsius. “The sky will remain clear and day temperatures may remain high, while there may be a fall in night temperatures over the next 48 hours,” he said.

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