Rains continue to lash Mumbai and Pune on Thursday. The weather bureau has issued a red alert for the entire North Konkan area, including Mumbai and Thane. While, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy to very heavy rains in parts of Maharashtra for Thursday.
Taking to Twitter, IMD Mumbai centre deputy director general K S Hosalikar wrote: "With latest Satellite/Radar observations, Entire North Konkan is updated to Orange Alert with Raigad Red Alert & 15 Oct entire North Konkan is on Red Alert including Mumbai Thane. Very severe convection is being observed. Take max precaution."
Hosalikar also said that a well marked low pressure area now is over South Madhya Maharashtra and around South Konkan, which is likely to intensify into depression. "Well marked low pressure area now is over S Madhya Maharashtra & around S Konkan. Vry likely to move W-NW & emerge into Arabian Sea off Mah coast & intensify into Depression over Arabian Sea off Mah-S Gujarat coasts nxt 48 hrs. Vry likely to move gradually W NW, intensify further," he tweeted.
According to IMD, an extremely low-pressure area in the Bay of Bengal and the clouds developed because of it would be hovering on Maharashtra from October 14 to 16. This could result into heavy to extremely heavy rainfall over some parts of Maharashtra. Madhya Maharashtra and Marathwada regions are expected to get showers on Wednesday while Mumbai and Konkan regions would receive rain on 15th and 16th.
Meanwhile, the weather forecast put out by IMD Mumbai indicates the maximum temperature in the city on Thursday will be 30°C, while the minimum temperature will be 25°C. While the rainfall might have brought in some respite from the heat, the humidity levels will be at 95% in Santacruz and 95% in Colaba.
IMD Mumbai also said that the city can expect a cloudy sky with the possibility of light rain on Monday. "Generally cloudy sky with possibility of moderate rain or thundershowers in city and suburbs," IMD Mumbai said on its website.
In Pune, as many as 40 people were rescued in the flood-affected Nimgaon Ketki village in Pune district on Wednesday. According to SDO, Baramati, Pune, 40 people safely rescued, while rescue operations for 15 others underway in flood-affected Nimgaon Ketki village of Pune district. In another incident near Indapur, two people who washed away with their vehicle have been rescued.