Mumbai Grapples with Unusual Weather as Dust Storm and Rainfall Sweep Through the City

Mumbai Grapples with Unusual Weather as Dust Storm and Rainfall Sweep Through the City

Mumbai Grapples with Unusual Weather as Dust Storm and Rainfall Sweep Through the City

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The yellow alert pertains specifically to Thane and Raigad districts, with residents cautioned about potential thunderstorms and winds reaching speeds of 30-40 kmph in these areas. 

13th May 2024

By Sukhmani Kooner 

Residents of Mumbai have been enduring intense heat over the recent months, with daily maximum temperatures on the rise. However, they have recently experienced a welcome respite from the scorching conditions with heavy rainfall, accompanied by strong winds and lightning. 

For those residing in Mumbai, the latest weather update from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) indicates a yellow alert issued for specific areas of the city. 

Here is the latest forecast according to IMD for Mumbai:

The yellow alert pertains specifically to Thane and Raigad districts, with residents cautioned about potential thunderstorms and winds reaching speeds of 30-40 kmph in these areas. 

On Saturday, both Mumbai’s island city and suburbs registered maximum temperatures ranging from 33 to 34 degrees Celsius. Areas such as Vikhroli and Powai in the eastern suburbs, along with various parts of Thane district including the city and its interior regions, as well as Panvel, experienced light showers on Saturday night. Data from the IMD indicated that both the Santacruz and Colaba observatories recorded no precipitation. 

Except for certain regions, the majority of Maharashtra is currently experiencing significant rainfall due to a convergence of weather systems. In districts such as Pune, Kolhapur, Satara, Nashik, Ahmednagar and several districts in the Vidarbha region, the meteorological department has issued an orange alert.

A senior scientist from IMD Mumbai explained, “At present, there exists a trough and a line of discontinuity, leading to the interaction of dry and moist winds. Consequently, there’s a possibility of light drizzle in Mumbai and Thane.”

Despite the anticipation of light rain, meteorologists predict that temperatures are unlikely to significantly decrease, remaining within the current range of 33 to 34 degrees Celsius.