Mumbai: With the withdrawal of the city’s monsoon on October 6, the intense heat has soon returned with a vengeance, increasing energy consumption. On Monday Santacruz recorded a maximum temperature of 35.9 degrees Celsius, 3 degrees above normal. The humidity was 86% at 8:30 a.m. The maximum temperature recorded in Colaba was 33 degrees Celsius, with humidity at 88%. The maximum temperature for the next few days will continue to remain in the range of 34 to 36 degrees Celsius, according to Sushma Nair, scientist at IMD Mumbai. The average temperature in October ranges between 33 and 34 degrees Celsius.
“Although the temperature is only a few degrees above normal and does not reach heat wave-like conditions, the weather will not be pleasant for the next six or seven days. This is because the easterly winds are bringing dry air into the city,” Nair said.
The forecast for Santacruz for the next few days is between 34 and 35 degrees Celsius and 33 and 34 degrees Celsius for Colaba.
Sweltering weather conditions have skyrocketed electricity demand in the first week of October, which has surpassed 3,550 megawatts (Mw) in Mumbai, the highest since the end of summer. The state has also seen power demand increase to more than 27,300 MW, possibly due to the increased use of air containers.
“The demand for electricity is around 2,900 MW during the last week of September. Last week it was close to 3,200Mw, although demand in the rest of the state was 23,000Mw. Now there is a sudden surge in demand, and this afternoon it crossed 3,500 Mw in Mumbai, which is the highest in the last three months,” said an energy expert. During the Ganpati festival, there were rains in parts of Maharashtra including Mumbai which reduced the electricity demand to around 20000 Mw and 2500-2700 Mw respectively. But since then, demand has been increasing.
Energy experts attribute the increase in power demand to the low level of monsoon compared to the previous year. This month the situation could worsen due to the heat until winter begins. Earlier this summer, electricity demand in Mumbai had surpassed a record 4,000 Mw.