Maharashtra: IMD forecasts heavy rainfall, State under Orange alert

ST Staff
Thursday, 2 July 2020

Isolated areas of Mumbai are likely to receive heavy rainfall on Thursday while it will intensify on July 2 in the western coast of Maharashtra including North Konkan and Mumbai. 

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned of heavy to extremely heavy downpour in areas of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. The Meteorological subdivisions in these six states have been placed under 'Orange alert' from July 2 to July 5, the IMD department informed on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, IMD issued a warning notice anticipating extreme heavy rainfall where it said, "There will be isolated heavy to very heavy spells over the west coast interiors of Maharashtra and Gujarat till July 6. At some places in Konkan, Goa and Madhya Maharashtra, there are chances of extremely heavy rain of more than 200 mm on July 3 and July 4."

Isolated areas of Mumbai are likely to receive heavy rainfall on Thursday while it will intensify on July 2 in the western coast of Maharashtra including North Konkan and Mumbai. 

The bulletin released by IMD read, "High convergence of strong moist westerly/southwesterly winds at a low tropospheric level from the Arabian Sea is very likely along the west coast till July 5. Under the influence, fairly widespread rainfall activity with isolated heavy to very heavy showers are likely along the west coast, Gujarat, interiors of Maharashtra in the next five days. Heavy to very heavy with extreme heavy showers (over 200 mm) is very likely over Konkan and Goa on July 3 and 4 and over Madhya Maharashtra on July 4."

A cyclonic movement has been seen levitating over the south of Gujarat and adjoining areas of Maharashtra and it will continue till July 4. Another cyclonic flow that is similar to this has been noticed hovering over the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh.

The IMD said that along with these weather conditions, there is likely to be a system of strong wind convergence since the westerlies laden with moisture are blowing from The Arabian Sea, towards the land which is the ultimate cause of the heavy to extremely heavy spells along the Western coast. 

Several eastern parts of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat are expected to receive heavy to extremely heavy spells between July 3 and July 5, on the other hand, rainfall is likely to intensify on July 4 and July 5 in areas of Saurashtra, Gujarat and Kutch. Bihar will experience heavy downpour till Friday.

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