The IMD (Indian Meteorological Department) has forecasted heatwave conditions in several parts of India from Maharashtra to Odisha and West Bengal. They further said there will be a gradual rise in maximum temperatures by 2-4 degrees in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh in the next 3-4 days.
According to IMD, a heatwave is when the temperature of any place crosses 40 degrees Celsius in the plains, 37 degrees in coastal areas, and 30 degrees in the hills.
Another criterion used by the IMD to determine a heatwave is when the temperature of a given place crosses the 45 degrees Celsius mark and after 47 degrees Celsius, it is a severe heatwave.
On Sunday, the IMD Colaba observatory recorded a maximum temperature of 34°C, 1.2°C above normal, while the Santacruz observatory recorded a maximum of 35.5°C (2.2°C above normal).
“In Mumbai, the maximum temperature is expected to rise by a degree, while the humidity while the humidity would be as high as 80-90 per cent. We have also issued a heatwave warning for the next two three days in parts of North Madhya Maharashtra, including Jalgaon, Nashik and Ahmednagar,” IMD Mumbai head Jayanta Sarkar told Mid-day.
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