The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that isolated heavy showers are likely to continue today, across several districts in Maharashtra. Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad districts have thus been put under a yellow alert. While this warning suggests light to moderate rains only, a few regions in the western suburbs of Mumbai are already witnessing heavy bouts of rains today. As per MeT officials, the downpour is expected to last for the next 3-4 hours in these areas.
Heavy rains extend in Mumbai
Reportedly, the IMD warning was initially issued for the coastal line here, for Tuesday and Wednesday, slating an average degree of showers here. However, an incessant downpour has been active in several localities of Mumbai for the past 24 hours, leading to intense waterlogging and hampered movement on the Western Express Highway.
The IMD forecast and the present rain situation stand in contradiction even today. As per the latest radar observation, a dense cloud cover and moderate rains are expected to stretch over Mumbai throughout the day. The possibility of intense isolated showers have also been suggested by the MeT department. However, the city, especially the Western suburbs, has been on the receiving end of relentless heavy rains today as well.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson of the Mumbai IMD regional centre, the rain activity is likely to intensify early next week when a low pressure passes over the Bay of Bengal. Right now, people can expect widespread light to moderate rains and intermittent strong spells before the withdrawal.