The time has come for the scorching heat as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday predicted severe heatwave likely to prevail in India.
Heatwave conditions are likely to prevail at isolated parts of Mumbai, Thane and Raigad on Monday. The India Meteorological Department has issued a yellow alert with a warning of a heatwave in north Konkan, Thane, Mumbai and Raigad for the next two days.
On Sunday, Mumbai recorded a temperature of 38.6 degrees Celsius and the weather office has sounded a temperature alert in the city for the next few days and has warned that the temperature may rise up to 39 degrees Celsius.
IMD officials told TOI that such conditions are likely to continue for the next three to four days and the city temperature may remain in the same range. The national capital will also get warmer later this week with maximum temperature set to rise to about 36 degrees Celsius by March 17.
Temperatures are expected to soar in parts of Rajasthan and Gujarat in the coming days. The IMD also predicted that Gurugram’s maximum temperature will touch 37 degrees Celsius by March 15, adding that the city will witness mainly clear skies.
On the other hand, in a bid to help the country achieve ‘net zero’ goal, Mumbai has become the first city in India to launch a climate action plan. Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Sunday unveiled its first ever Mumbai Climate Action Plan (MCAP) with an aim to build a climate-resilient city and to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Speaking on the occasion, Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray pitched for sustainable development and said the city’s administrators want to provide amenities to the people, but also wanted to ensure that citizens lead happy and healthy lives.