Parts of Mumbai got some respite from the sweltering heat as it received rainfall accompanied by thunder on Sunday night. Areas including Wadala, Ghatkopar, Mankhurd, Govandi, Bhandup and Mulund among others recorded their first showers for the season. The maximum temperature was recorded at 35.4 degrees Celsius on Sunday while the minimum temperature was a normal 28.8 degrees Celsius, as per Indian Meteorological Department(IMD).
These rains can be attributed to the system brewing in the Arabian Sea which is currently a well-marked low-pressure area and is lying over the Southeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshadweep and East Central Arabian Sea. The system will intensify into a depression further in the coming 24 to 36 hours and is predicted to subsequently move northwestwards and become a cyclonic storm. The intensity of rains in the capital is forecast to increase after June 11, where showers are expected to range from moderate to heavy
Mumbai would witness monsoon officially by June 16 to 17, while pre-monsoon showers are likely to occur by next week, according to IMD.
The state of Maharashtra has been recording good pre-Monsoon activities since the last two to three days. The intensity and cover of these activities have significantly increased, as heavy rains were reported in many parts of Pune, whereas light rains were recorded in Mumbai and Nashik. Several other places like Sangli, Satara and Mahabaleshwar have received moderate to heavy rains, while scattered light rains were experienced in parts of Marathwada and Vidarbha, during the last 24 hours.
According to Skymet Weather, Maharashtra will observe more rains during the coming days with the pre-monsoon activities picking up a good pace and may continue for the next two to three days. South Konkan and Goa, as well as South Madhya Maharashtra, will observe rains with increased intensity. Moreover, sea conditions would become rough during the next three to four days, thus fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea during this period. These activities will be accompanied by strong winds. Despite the possibility of light rains, the region of Vidarbha would get no relief from heat wave conditions for at least the next two days.
On the contrary, temperatures over South Madhya Maharashtra and South Konkan and Goa are said to significantly drop by 2℃ to 3℃. While the chances of isolated rains in Marathwada and Vidarbha not being ruled out, increased rainfall activities can be witnessed over South Konkan and Goa as well as South Madhya Maharashtra.
Maharashtra has for long remained under the grip of drought-like-situation. To counter the prevalent issue, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has allocated Rs 30 crore for cloud seeding.