Sporadic showers catch Mumbaikars unawares

People run for shelter at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus on Friday.

People run for shelter at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus on Friday.   | Photo Credit: Emmanual Yogini

IMD says rain likely in Konkan, central Maharashtra, Goa, south Gujarat today

Mumbaikars experienced sporadic showers in different parts on Friday. Cyclone Maha will lead to rain in Konkan, Goa, and central Maharashtra on Saturday.

There was continuous rain in October despite monsoon which is considered to be from June to September in the State having withdrawn. Cyclone Kyarr in the Arabian Sea was partially responsible for the same.

Now Cyclone Maha in the Arabian Sea is triggering rainfall. The sky became overcast after 3 p.m. on Friday, and people were caught off guard in the sudden rain, which was accompanied by thunder and lightning.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the severe cyclonic storm is in east-central of the Arabian Sea. It has forecast that light to moderate rain is very likely in Konkan, Goa, central Maharashtra, and south Gujarat on Saturday. Squally winds are expected on the Maharashtra coast. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea.

IMD has said satellite and radar images indicate a cloud patch over north Konkan including Navi Mumbai, Mumbai, and Thane, and has forecast dry weather for Mumbai Sunday onwards. Mumbai has received 75 mm rainfall since October 1. Also, Maharashtra’s post-monsoon rainfall is at an excess.

According to private forecaster Skymet Weather, the outer periphery of Cyclone Maha has been giving rain in Mumbai and there are chances the city will see some sporadic rain until the storm moves west-northwest.

“Although the system may not give heavy rainfall over all these areas, its influence would be seen in the form of strong winds and rough to very rough sea conditions in the south and north Konkan coast in the next 48 hours. Hence, fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea for two days,” Skymet said.

Meanwhile, the maximum temperature was at a normal 34.8 degrees Celsius while Thursday night was three degrees warmer at 25.6 degrees Celsius.

In the last six of 10 years, there were no incidents of rainfall in November. The highest 24-hour November rainfall was at 35.3 mm in 2009. The all-time record for highest 24-hour November rain was at 62.8 mm on November 2, 1972.

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