Mumbai: It’s not the end of surprise rains in Maharashtra and certainly not for crop loss. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued another forecast of unseasonal rainfall over most parts of the state this weekend, especially over Vidarbha and Marathwada regions.
Meanwhile, Mumbai is expected to witness only a thunderstorm and light rainfall.
Though unseasonal rainfall has brought in cooler temperatures in April than March and also resulted in better air quality index (AQI), the agricultural belt has suffered a huge crop loss, forcing the state government to consider declaring unseasonal rain as a natural calamity. It’s predicted that the weekend rainfall may also lead to damage when crops are nearing harvest season.
Coastal areas to experience only a few spells of light rain
The coastal areas, including Mumbai, may not experience very heavy rainfall and will possibly witness only a few spells of light rain in isolated regions along with thunder.
A low pressure belt has been formed from west Maharashtra to Tamil Nadu due to west and southeast winds interacting with each other, leading to both light and heavy showers. “The wind patterns look persistent for over the weekend, after which we may see clear skies,” said an IMD official.
On Thursday, Santacruz witnessed a minimum temperature of 22.8 degrees Celsius and a maximum of 34.1 degrees Celsius, with 63% relative humidity. Colaba experienced a minimum temperature of 24.1 degrees Celsius and a maximum of 32.2 degrees Celsius, with 77% relative humidity.