July rainfall nears 1,000 mm mark in Mumbai; extremely heavy rain forecast in Maharashtra
With the heavy downpour in Mumbai, the July rainfall is nearing the 1,000 mm mark. Mumbai, which has continuously recorded rainfall since July 1, has received 952 mm of rainfall till Wednesday evening, 48 mm short of 1,000 mm. The average July rainfall for Mumbai is 855.7 mm.
More rainfall is in store for the Konkan region (including Mumbai) and the adjoining areas of Madhya Maharashtra as the weather bureau has issued an orange alert till July 14, after which rains are expected to ease. According to the 48-hour forecast for Mumbai, moderate rain in the city and suburbs with the possibility of heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places is very likely. Occasional strong winds reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 60 kmph are also very likely.
After a brief three-day reduction in rainfall intensity, rain activity picked up in the city on Tuesday night. In 24 hours, Mumbai recorded 44.6 mm rainfall, categorised as moderate.
The intermittent intense spell was recorded throughout Wednesday in Mumbai. In nine hours, the IMD’s Santacruz observatory recorded 66 mm rain while the Colaba observatory recorded 50 mm rainfall in the same period.
“Intense rainfall activity over Konkan and adjoining ghat areas of Madhya Maharashtra is expected to continue till July 14 with gradual reduction later. Widespread rainfall activity with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and isolated extremely heavy rainfall is expected over the region in this period. Parts of Marathwada and Vidarbha are also very likely to receive widespread rainfall activity with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places,” stated the forecast.
According to the district forecast and warning, an orange alert indicating heavy to very heavy rainfall has been issued for Mumbai, Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Kolhapur (ghat areas) and Satara (ghat areas) on Thursday.
Extremely heavy rainfall is very likely in Palghar, Pune and Nashik on Thursdsay. The district administrations announced the closure of educational institutions in Palghar and Pune on Thursday following the red alert.
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