Rains affect normal activities in several parts of Maharashtra

NORMAL life in Mumbai,its neighbourhoods and several other parts of Maharashtra was impacted due to unseasonal rains for the last 2-3 days. Mumbai and its neighbouring areas in Thane and Navi Mumbai have received light rains on Monday morning. The low-pressure belt formed in the Arabian Sea is causing occasional rains in Mumbai. The minimum temperature at Colaba and Santacruz dipped to 23.8 and 22 degree Celsius. Panvel, Murud Alibaugh, and other places in Raigad district had been receiving heavy rains since 8 am IST on December 14 There has also been a dip in temperatures with smog shrouding. Mango and betel nut growers in the district are worried due to untimely rains. Other districts included  Palghar and Satara . Mumbai on Sunday witnessed cloudy conditions throughout the day with isolated light showers in some areas. In 24 hours ending at 8.30 am on Sunday, the IMD’s Santacruz observatory recorded trace rainfall, while the Colaba station recorded 0.6 mm of rainfall. On Monday, Mumbai and adjoining areas including Thane, Navi Mumbai, Palghar, and Raigad received light to moderate rainfall owing to the presence of a low-pressure weather system in the Arabian Sea. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that Mumbai and adjoining areas will witness a generally cloudy sky with the possibility of light rain or thundershowers throughout Monday, 14 December 2020, The Frees Press Journal reported. IMD Mumbai centre deputy director-general KS Hosalikar tweeted the: “Movement of clouds towards the coast along with intensification as seen from Radar. Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Palghar Raigad received moderate rains in last 3, 4 hours.”Hosalikar also said that cloudy sky over Mumbai and adjoining areas is “expected to open up in later part of the day.”IMD said  Mumbai had recorded the season’s lowest minimum temperature last week, signalling the beginning of winter, but the mercury may not drop further due to the formation of the low-pressure area in the Arabian Sea.As a result of the unseasonal rain, the maximum temperature in the city saw a drop. On Monday, India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) Santacruz observatory recorded the minimum temperature at 22 degrees Celsius, while the Colaba observatory recorded a minimum temperature of 22 degree Celsius. Meanwhile, Santacruz and Colaba recorded a high temperature of 27.6 degree Celsius and 27.4 degree Celsius respectively. Picture courtesy to PTI

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