IMD issues orange alert in Mumbai, Thane, Raigad; heavy rain likely

An orange alert was issued for Mumbai, Palghar, Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg today, the Regional Meteorological Center said.

On Sunday, most parts of Mumbai experienced moderate downpours until early morning and late morning.

In the past 24 hours, south Mumbai has received more rains than the suburbs. The IMD Colaba Observatory recorded about 67mm of precipitation while the Santacruz Observatory recorded 13mm of precipitation.

According to weather reports, Mumbai and its environs will receive moderate to heavy rains over the next 24 to 36 hours, after which the intensity will decrease. However, very heavy rain is likely this weekend.

While it has been more than a week since the southwest monsoon arrived in several parts of Maharashtra, including its capital Mumbai, statewide rainfall activity for most of this period is remained low.

“Generally cloudy skies with moderate rain in the city and in the suburbs. Possibility of heavy to very heavy rain in isolated places”, informs the meteorological agency in its daily bulletin.

India’s Meteorological Department in its daily bulletin on Sunday also confirmed the development and informed that “fairly widespread/widespread rains with thunderstorm/lightning are very likely over Karnataka, Konkan and Goa, Kerala and Mahe and Lakshadweep and scattered rains at fairly widespread probably in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Marathwada, Andhra Pradesh and Yanam, Telangana and Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal for the next 5 days.” For the past few days in Maharashtra (Maharashtra), skies have remained cloudy in most parts of the state, including Mumbai, and there have been intermittent rains.

With the fresh rain, the air quality in Mumbai is in the ‘good category’. System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), a government agency, advised today morning that the overall AQI was 29 at 8:45 a.m.

According to government agencies, an AQI between zero and 50 is considered “good”, 51 and 100 “satisfactory”, 101 and 200 “moderate”, 201 and 300 “poor”, 301 and 400 “very poor”, and 401 and 500 “severe”.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), westerly winds blowing along the west coast and a northern trough from the interior of Karnataka to southern Tamil Nadu will collectively cause heavy rains in Maharashtra and its neighboring states in over the next five days – until June 22 and possibly beyond.

As a result, isolated heavy showers are expected over South Konkan and Goa from Saturday to Wednesday (June 18-22) and over ghat areas of Madhya Maharashtra from Monday to Wednesday (June 20-22).

Meanwhile, the long-awaited southwest monsoon, which is crucial for agriculture, hit Jharkhand on Saturday and covered four districts in the state, meteorological officials said. The seasonal rain, which is eight days delayed from its expected time, entered from northeastern parts of the state.

(With contributions from the agency)

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