MUMBAI: Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued an orange alert (heavy to very heavy rain) for Mumbai, Thane and Palghar for Sunday and Monday. The rest of the week has been marked with a yellow alert (heavy rain expected in isolated areas).
The weather bureau said a low pressure area had formed over northwest Bay of Bengal, off north Odisha and West Bengal coasts, and associated cyclonic circulation extended to upper tropospheric levels. It may persist over the region and become more organized over north Bay of Bengal on subsequent 2-3 days, bringing widespread rainfall over Konkan coast, ghat areas and central Maharashtra.
IMD issued a yellow alert for the city for Thursday, but there was light rain. Santacruz recorded 7.2mm rain between 8.30am-8.30pm on Thursday, while Colaba recorded 4mm. In the 24 hours ending at 8.30pm on Thursday, Santacurz observatory recorded 42mm rain. While 2.5-15.5mm rain is considered light, IMD classifies 15.6-64.4mm as moderate. “Mumbai recorded isolated heavy rain and Thane recorded very heavy rain in the 24 hours ending on Thursday morning.
The city received moderate rain in the day but it picked up in the evening. Satellite and radar images indicate rainfall is likely to continue. Mumbai and Thane will receive slow and steady rain, with heavy showers occasionally, said K S Hosalikar, deputy director-general (western region), IMD. Thane and Navi Mumbai recorded 15.2mm and 13.4mm rain respectively.
Wind in the city could reach 45-55kmph and moderate to heavy rainfall is expected in the next 48 hours, IMD said.