Mumbai: Heavy rains likely from Sunday; IMD issues yellow alert

The IMD has issued a yellow alert for Mumbai, Thane, Palghar on Sunday adding that heavy rains are likely at isolated places.

Sherine RajUpdated: Friday, June 17, 2022, 10:56 PM IST
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Warning of moderate to heavy rainfall in Mumbai from 19-20 June (Sunday and Monday) onwards, has been given by the India Meteorological Department (IMD). A fisherman warning has also been declared as the wind speed will be reaching up to 60 kmph over the coast on 20 June. Fishermen and tourists are advised not to venture along and off the coast during the above-mentioned period.

An orange warning of very heavy rainfall has also been given to Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg, from Sunday onwards.

According to IMD official K S Hosalikar, "Rainfall is likely to increase in the next 5 days in the state. The chances of strong winds in different parts of the state for the next two days are high. Konkan and some parts of Central Maharashtra will experience torrential rains for the next 3 days. Also, heavy rains are expected in Mumbai and Thane from Sunday onwards."

According to IMD official Sushma Nair, the rainfall activity over Konkan and adjoining ghat areas of Madhya Maharashtra is expected to gradually increase and widespread rainfall activity with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places is expected.

"Southwest Monsoon has further advanced into some more parts of north Arabian Sea, Gujarat State, entire Madhya Maharashtra and Marathwada, some parts of south Madhya Pradesh and most parts of Vidarbha," she added.

Regarding the fishermen's warning, Devendra Tandel, president, of Akhil Maharashtra Machhimar Kruti Samiti (AMMKS), said, "The fisherfolk are aware of the IMD warnings and fishing has already been banned for two months from 1 June till 31 July. The fishermen are not allowed to venture into the deep sea for fishing as a precaution, the rules are very strict and their licenses can also be cancelled if they violate the rules."

On Friday, the minimum temperature recorded in Santacruz was 26.1 °C and the maximum was 33.1 °C, also the relative humidity was 86% .

While Colaba experienced a minimum temperature of 26.6 °C and a maximum temperature of 32.0 °C with a relative humidity of 81%.

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