A total of 13 districts of Maharashtra state have been put on heavy rain high alert for Thursday whereas Mumbai is expected to have continued heavy rains for the whole weekend. Places like Mumbai, Raigadh, Satara, Nashik, Aurangabad & Pune ghats may receive the highest rainfalls they have ever received.
The city of Mumbai is sleepless. But this time, it’s not because of the hard-working Mumbaikars who work day and night. But this time, they are being kept up because of the loud noises of thunders and one of the heaviest rains. On the late-night of Wednesday, the clouds almost broke down all over the city. The weather forecast declared a heavy rain high alert. As a result, school, junior & senior colleges, and many of the offices have been shut down as the state government has declared holiday on Thursday in Mumbai, Thane and the Konkan region as a precautionary measure. Although the weather has been quite clearer than before and there were only usual sprinkling showers on a Thursday morning, it is expected that the city may experience another 26th July like floods around the city.
As per the reports, this has been the wettest September 21st century up till now. It is also the wettest since 1954. IMD Colaba observatory has recorded a rainfall of 16.6mm in last 24 hours ending on 8.30 Am, Thursday. However, Santa Cruz observatory recorded 69.4 mm of rainfall for the same period.
Maharashtra’s School Education Minister Ashish Shelar announced the news, late on Wednesday through the official Twitter account.
The IMD Santacruz observatory has recorded a total rainfall of 960mm for the period starting from September beginning till Wednesday evening. It is, in fact, the heaviest rainfall that Mumbai has ever received during September. The last high was 920mm which occurred in year September 1954. In many days of the September, the observatories have recorded even 3-digit rainfall figures in merely 24 hours period. Between 4th & 5th September, the city received a rain total of 242.2mm.
As being further reported be weathermen, Mumbai still has a good chance of active heavy monsoons till 10th October. Hence, if the amount of rainfall stays the same, it may even cross the 1000mm mark which will make it the heaviest rainfall ever occurred in Maharashtra. This has been sought as a combination of several favourable weather systems cause significant rain activity.
The IMD observatory has alerted that the areas could see precipitation of more than 204 mm of rain in the next 24 hours starting Thursday morning. The heavy rainfall could continue to lash Mumbai and adjoining areas for the next three days (Thursday to Saturday).
This year, the city has witnessed 960 mm of rainfall in September 2019 alone. If we consider the total rainfall this monsoon, Mumbai has recorded a total of 2,366 mm of rainfall. It is estimated as 26 per cent more than the average annual rainfall of Mumbai i.e. 1,800 mm
13 districts including isolated places in Mumbai, Raigad, Satara, Nashik, Aurangabad and Pune ghats are expected to have extremely heavy rain and put on heavy rain alert for Thursday. It includes increased moisture supply due to upper-air cyclonic circulation coming from the Bay of Bengal off south Andhra Pradesh.
There have been increased chances situations similar to what the city experienced in July-end & early-August of2019. Localized flooding of roads, water-logging in low-lying areas, occasional reduction in visibility, and traffic disruption are highly expected.
IMD has issued a ‘yellow’ alert for Wednesday. As recorded in Santacruz, the area received a total rainfall of 38.2mm in the 9 hours ending at 5.30 pm. This falls under the moderate rain category. However, Colaba received light rain, recording a 0.4mm rainfall. However, the thunder and lightning on the night of Wednesday were accompanied by heavy rain in many parts of the city and Thane.
Apart from this, the state has been put on yellow alert in areas like Latur, Beed and Nanded
BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) has issued instructions requesting Mumbai Citizens to avoid venturing around the sea and areas which get easily waterlogged in rains.
They have issued instruction through tweets for several other parts of India regarding the bad weather.
Although the alert has already been issued by the government authorities, Police Department & weather department, there have been several complaints by the people regarding the schools of their children have not declared any holidays and that they have to go to school. These schools prefer to choose their syllabus completion agenda before the student’s safety.
However, because of the clear weather on a Thursday morning, Twitterati found a chance to take a troll on the weather forecast by IMD.
Jokes apart, IMD has said that the weather is expected to turn red in the afternoon and that there will be heavy rainfall for the coming three days. This should be taken seriously by the school and college authorities. If you get to know about any of these schools or your child studies in any such school, share with us in the comment section and we will report about it.
There have been seen a lot of weather shifting happening around in the country. The rainfall season which would otherwise end up by mid Septembers has now been extended till early Octobers. This year many parts of the countries did not receive rainfall till mid-July. Several parts experienced heavy heat strokes till early July which would otherwise be expected to end till early June. These are the signs of climate change. This is for those who ask questions about climate change. Is it real?
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