Pune: After playing hide-and-seek with Mumbaikars, the rains may be finally here. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) in Pune has said that heavy rains will hit Mumbai and most parts of the state in the next 24 hours. The Konkan region will receive torrential downpour while moderate to heavy rains are expected in other parts of the state.
Though monsoon has arrived in Maharashtra, till now, except for the coastal region of Konkan, Pune and Mumbai has received negligible rains. IMD says that the monsoon cycle is likely to revive in the next 24 hours in central Maharashtra, Marathwada and Vidarbha regions.
A.K. Srivastava, senior scientist with the IMD, Pune, told Free Press Journal, “There is no particular reason why it is not raining for the last four days. This is a natural phenomenon and it doesn’t rain throughout the four months of the monsoon season. Our experience is that there are rains for around 40 days in the four months of monsoon. But now, we are expecting a revival of the rains in the next one day.”
“The monsoon that was active from south Maharashtra coast to north Kerala coast, had weakened. But the situation over the Bay of Bengal is improving and we see more cloud cover over the Bay of Bengal. This will strengthen the westerly winds that will lead to a revival of the monsoon,” Srivastava added.
The IMD scientist said that the Western Ghat sections have been witnessing rainfall. However, other parts of the state have been largely dry. All that is likely to change soon.
Central Maharashtra has received most of the rains in the last few days and other subdivisions also recorded a considerable amount of rainfall. Pune recorded 164.1 mm rainfall since June 1, Solapur has received 219.7 mm and Jalgoan got 198.8mm. Mumbai has received just 195.8 mm of rainfall so far.