The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has recently issued a heatwave warning for Mumbai and several neighbouring districts in Maharashtra’s Konkan region. This marks the first time this month and the fourth time this season that the IMD has issued such a warning for Mumbai. According to IMD scientists, this situation is likely to continue for the next two days but may ease from May 13 onwards.
The scientists also mentioned that an anti-cyclone circulation has formed, which has caused the temperatures to rise. The formation is expected to move northwards within the next two days, following which the temperature in Mumbai may decrease slightly. However, the interior parts of Maharashtra, particularly the districts of Jalgaon, Dhule, and Nandurbar, are still recording temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius.
On Thursday, 11 districts in Maharashtra recorded temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius. The IMD issues a heatwave warning in any coastal city when the maximum temperature crosses more than 37 degrees in two stations. However, in this case, the warning was issued since the real feel of temperature was much higher.
Meanwhile in Andhra Pradesh, after moderate to heavy rains due to Cyclone Mocha, residents are now facing extreme heatwaves with temperatures expected to reach up to 43 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 42 degrees Celsius in some parts of the state starting from May 13. The coastal regions of Andhra Pradesh have already started experiencing rising temperatures, and according to the IMD bulletin, heatwaves are expected over North Coast Andhra Pradesh, Yanam, and South Coast Andhra Pradesh in the coming days.
During heatwaves, it is important to take necessary precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses.
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