Temperature as well as pollution both on a rise over the next few days

Temperature as well as pollution both on a rise over the next few days

The citizens of Mumbai are undertaking massive cleanup drives in beaches across the city, including Mahim Beach. However, air pollution remains a major concern for the city even today, especially when the weather plays a part. As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), temperatures in the city have risen. This comes after the IMD recently predicted winter chills in the city after January 26.

IMD mentioned that the city will see a gradual rise in temperatures over the next two or three days. The lowest temperatures in the city were recorded at Borivali (16.06 degrees Celsius) and Powai (16.7 degrees Celsius) respectively. 

Mumbai on Monday noticed a night temperature of 18.8 degrees Celsius, which is reportedly 1.2 degrees over the normal temperature. On the other hand, the Colaba observatory witnessed a night temperature of 20 degrees, which is reportedly 0.4 degrees above normal. It is said that temperatures over the next few days could touch 30 degrees Celsius while night temperatures could touch the 20 degrees Celsius mark.

KS Hosalikar, Deputy Director-General, IMD (Western Region) said - “There will be a slight drop in the temperature under the influence of fresh western disturbance, which is likely to pass over extreme northern areas of the country after February 6-7 in Central India and Maharashtra, including Mumbai.”

Meanwhile, the increase in temperatures combined by the humidity has also impacted the air quality of the city. Five areas of Mumbai recorded poor air quality which includes Andheri with an air quality index score (AQI) of 257 which is considered “Poor” as per the National Air Quality Index of the Central Pollution Control Board. 

Malad scored 229 on the AQI while Borivali scored 224. Areas like Bandra Kurla Complex and Chembur settled for scores above 210, so it’s clear that a lot of work needs to be done in order to improve the air quality in the city. 

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