India Mumbai warned of ‘extremely heavy rain’ today, people advised to stay indoors

11:57  08 june  2018
11:57  08 june  2018 Source:   hindustantimes.com

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In view of intense rainfall forecast, people are advised to abstain from outdoor activities as much as possible during the period and also watch for weather updates from Regional Meteorological Centre expected extremely heavy IMD indoors Mumbai news rainfall stay weekend 2018-06-06.

Heavy rain caused water-logging and traffic jams in some parts of the city, slowing down evening rush hour commuters but sharply bringing down the temperature. People have been advised to stay indoors if possible.

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The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast ‘extremely heavy rain’ between Saturday and Monday in Mumbai advising people to stay indoors.  The forecast translates into a possibility of up to 200mm or more rain during a 24-hour period. Under the weather department’s classification, 15.6mm to 64.4mm of rain is considered ‘moderate’, 64.5mm to 115.5mm is ‘heavy’, 115.6mm to 204.4mm is ‘very heavy’ and more than 204.5mm is ‘extreme’.

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Met department has warned of heavy rains in Mumbai over the next 48 hours. The incessant rain has brought the city to a grinding halt with flooded railway tracks and water-logged streets. Stay safe indoors as much as possible.

It also warned of "possible flooding" from June 10 onwards in these areas. Mumbai is likely to witness its first spell of heavy rains during the period and Skymet has asked people to stay indoors .

The warning issued on Thursday stated: “The widespread rainfall activity is likely to continue till June 10. It is very likely to extend to north coastal Maharashtra, including Mumbai from Friday. Extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places in these regions is also very likely during this period.”

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The weather advisory issued for June 9 and 10 on Thursday read, “As rainfall activity is likely to enhance from June 9, people are advised to abstain from outdoor activities as much as possible during the period and also watch for weather updates from Regional Meteorological Centre, Mumbai.”

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The Indian Meteorological Department has warned of rain and thunder across Mumbai over the next 24 hours and has advised residents to stay indoors , whereas with a depression brewing over the Bay of Bengal, Kolkata too has been put on high alert.

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KS Hosalikar, deputy director general western region India Meteorological Department, said, “Apart from the monsoon current there is a weather system over central Maharashtra, which is being pulled closer to an offshore trough (another weather system) extending from south Konkan to north Kerala, allowing more moisture incursions over the west coast. During the confluence of these two weather systems, the heavy rainfall activity is expected.”

In July 2005, large parts of the city were flooded and many people lost their lives when Mumbai recorded 900 mm of rainfall in 24 hours.

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While the city recorded no rainfall on Tuesday and Wednesday, gusty winds lashed the city Thursday morning. Santacruz, representative of the suburbs, recorded 35.8mm between 3.30am and 8.30am on Thursday; Colaba (south Mumbai) recorded 18.8mm.

From 8.30am onward, intermittent showers were recorded across the city with a few spells of heavy rain. While Santacruz recorded 39mm rain, 27.6mm was recorded in Colaba between 8.30am and 5.30pm.

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The Met Department on Tuesday warned of more ' heavy intermittent spells' in the next 24 hours in Mumbai and its satellite cities where incessant downpour has thrown normal life out of gear. Mumbai Police have urged people to stay indoors .

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Due to overcast skies and intermittent rain, day temperatures at Colaba and Santacruz fell four degrees Celsius below normal. While Colaba recorded 29.5 degrees Celsius, 29.2 degrees Celsius was recorded at Santacruz. The night temperature at Colaba was 23.5 degrees Celsius (3.5 degree Celsius below normal), while 25.2 degrees Celsius was recorded at Santacruz (1.6 degree Celsius below normal).

Moisture levels were high, with 95% humidity at Colaba and 90% at Santacruz.

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Mumbai suburbs have recorded 96.7mm rain since June 1, which is 55.9mm above normal for the period; and south Mumbai has recorded 50.6mm rain, 12mm above normal.

The weather bureau said these were still pre-monsoon showers but conditions were favourable for the southwest monsoon to set in over Maharashtra by Friday and over Mumbai by Saturday.

The southwest monsoon had made its landing over Goa on Thursday. The normal onset date for the southwest monsoon over Mumbai is June 10.

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