Mumbai: As the festival of Diwali has kicked in, the weather gods are in no mood to relent as IMD has forecasted heavy rains during Diwali. The suburbs witnessed heavy thundershowers on Monday night with the Santacruz observatory recording 31.1 mm of rainfall.
“As on today, the monsoon withdrawal has only reached the fringes of the city — at Dahanu. We cannot rule out the possibility of rain in the city on Diwali. Monsoon winds are still present in the city,” said K S Hosalikar, Deputy Director-General (Western Region), India Meteorological Department (IMD) to The Indian Express. Many parts of central and south Mumbai, meanwhile, witnessed a thick layer of haze Monday morning.
According to the IMD, it was a result of suspended dust particles in the air. “With no rains for sometime, higher humidity and calm winds, the dust particles remain suspended in the air and this has caused the haze. It is generally seen during sunrise or sunset and the frequency of such incidents are likely to increase during winter. It can also affect visibility for the aviation sector,” added Hosalikar told Express.
Mumbai, especially during this monsoon has seen weather fluctuating quite a bit and rains have been inconsistent. Sometimes it has rained very hard, but on other instances there has been dry spell. The humidity in the city was high on Monday morning — 95 per cent at Santacruz and 92 per cent at Colaba. With the skies darkening for over a week, some feel it may have already rained down on Diwali preparations.
The weather forecast, however, says the city is likely to see mainly clear sky for the next three days. The rains are likely to resume from Friday and could play spoilsport on Diwali. Meanwhile, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts are likely to receive light to moderate rainfall on Tuesday.