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Heatwave conditions likely for few days in parts of Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Konkan: IMD

For coastal weather areas like Mumbai, the IMD declares a heat wave when the maximum temperature departure is 4.5 degrees Celsius or more from normal, provided the actual maximum temperature is 37 degrees Celsius or more.

Heatwave conditions likely for few days in parts of Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Konkan: IMD
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The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a yellow alert or a warning of heatwave conditions in some parts of Mumbai and Konkan till Saturday, March 27.

The Regional Meteorological Center, Mumbai of the IMD informed that in the next couple of days, the maximum temperature is very likely to rise even further with a possibility of heatwave conditions in isolated pockets of Konkan -- majorly in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Raigad, Ratnagiri, and Sindhudurg. As per the forecast, the weather will remain dry in Thane and Palghar regions.

This was the fourth time this month that Mumbai’s maximum temperature crossed the 38 degrees mark, after touching 38.1 degrees Celsius yesterday on March 25. Meanwhile, the highest temperature recorded this month was at 38.2 degrees on March 5. The maximum daytime temperature in March last year was 37.5 degrees Celsius on March 17.

For coastal weather areas like Mumbai, the IMD declares a heatwave when the maximum temperature departure is 4.5 degrees Celsius or more from normal, provided the actual maximum temperature is 37 degrees Celsius or more.

Moreover, if both the IMD’s weather stations in the city -- Colaba and Santacruz, simultaneously record such high temperatures for a period of 48 hours, a heatwave is declared.

According to reports, the all-time highest maximum temperature in March recorded in the city was 41.7 degrees Celsius on March 28, 1956. Since 2011, the maximum temperature has crossed 40 degrees Celsius at least five times, in 2011, 2013, 2015, 2018 and 2019.

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