Mumbai, Mar 27: Mumbai on Sunday recorded the highest-ever temperature of 41 degrees making the day the hottest ever in last seven years. Although there was a marginal drop in the temperature on Monday in Mumbai, the severe heat wave is expected to continue this whole week. In fact, the chances of a heat wave are also rising in Delhi and Kolkata which is putting people at high risk for heatstroke or heart-related disease.

“Heat wave conditions were observed in Mumbai and surrounding areas on Monday. Maximum temperatures are likely to drop from Monday morning onwards, but continue above normal levels in the coming days,” a press release said.

On Monday, Santacruz weather station recorded 38.7 degrees Celsius, which was 5.9 degree Celsius above normal, and Colaba recorded 36.5 degrees Celsius, 5.2 degrees Celsius above normal.

This week, the highest temperature in Mumbai is expected to rise by two degrees more. The heat wave is expected to expand over to throughout northern and eastern parts of the country. The other cities that can expect severe heat wave include Delhi, Kolkata in West Bengal and Patna in Bihar. “For New Delhi, this would be well above normal for late-March, which is around 31 C (88 F)” said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Adam Douty.

“Temperatures were appreciably above normal today. This is a severe heat wave-like condition, and it would prevail for the next 24 hours,” K S Hosalikar, deputy director-general at Regional Meteorological Centre, Mumbai, said.