Check the weather forecast as Mumbai melts under a heatwave warning while Thane gets light rain

The weather in Mumbai is expected to be challenging, but this is nothing new for the city’s residents. Although there is no forecast for rain, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a heatwave warning for the nation’s capital. However, Thane has been warned to expect thunderstorms with lightning, light to moderate rain, and gusty winds for the next three to four hours between Monday and Tuesday. This should provide some relief from the heatwave conditions.

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A heat wave with temperatures ranging from 24 to 39 degrees Celsius was reported on April 15.

Additionally, Mumbai and other Maharashtra regions received a warning from the IMD about impending hot weather on April 15 and 16, 2024. They issued a heatwave warning for Mumbai, Raigad, and Thane, stating that the maximum temperatures in these locations might reach 36 to 38 degrees Celsius.

After temperatures at the Santacruz weather station on Sunday dropped to 33.2 degrees Celsius on Monday, the IMD issued a heatwave advisory for Thane, Mumbai, and Palghar for Monday and Tuesday.

It was said by independent meteorologists that the heatwave notice ought to have been sent out sooner. Independent forecaster Athreya Shetty observed that temperatures in several areas of Navi Mumbai, Thane, and Kalyan reached 41–43 degrees Celsius by 2:00 pm, suggesting a delay in the issuance of the heatwave warning. According to Shetty, the temperature jump was caused by high pressure over the north Konkan area, which resulted in hot easterly land winds, dwindling air, and more solar radiation under clear sky.

Monday’s lowest temperature was around 25 degrees Celsius, while the highest temperatures were measured at the IMD Santacruz and Colaba stations at 37.9 and 34.7 degrees Celsius, respectively.

According to independent meteorologist Abhijit Modak, April is normally the warmest month in the inland Konkan, but since Mumbai is located near the shore, its daytime highs are often lower. On April 16, Colaba may still reach 36–37 degrees Celsius, however, depending on how strong the inland northeasterly winds are. He said that while inland eastern neighborhoods like Vikhroli, Mulund, and Thane may experience temperatures as high as 40–42 degrees Celsius during land breezes, the absence of official meteorological observatories means that these temperatures are often overlooked, according to a TOI article.

Schools are taking precautions to shield pupils from the heat. Tuesday marked the early commencement of the summer holiday for classes 1 through 8 at All Saints High School in Padgha, Bhiwandi taluka of Thane district. Due to the heat, Chinmaya Vidyalaya in Boisar, Palghar district, has shortened its school day. Classes will now be held from 7:30 am to 10:30 am and from 11 am to 2 pm till the end of the summer break the following month.