New Delhi: With just two weeks left for the end of the monsoon season, Mumbai and other parts of Madhya Maharashtra are likely to witness extreme rainfall yet again on Wednesday.
In its latest forecast, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted very heavy rainfall at isolated places in Maharashtra, especially over Vidarbha, ghat areas of Madhya Maharashtra and north Konkan, Goa, Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Rayalaseema over the next two days.
A red warning has been issued for North Konkan and Madhya Maharashtra for Wednesday, directing authorities to take requisite action considering possibilities of damage to vulnerable structures and flooding of roads and low-lying areas.
According to the IMD, Mumbai, Pune, Raigad and Satara could receive rainfall greater than 204.4 mm on Wednesday along with thunderstorm activity, which would gradually begin to increase from 21 September onwards.
“There is a low pressure system developing over coastal Andhra Pradesh, so heavy rains are expected over Konkan-Goa belt. Warning has been issued for Wednesday," according to K.S. Hosalikar, deputy director-general, IMD.
Under its influence, a low pressure area is likely to develop over west central Bay of Bengal and adjoining areas of coastal Andhra Pradesh and expected to move west-northwestwards during the next three to four days.
It is the third such extreme rainfall event this monsoon, after the deluge caused by heavy rains on 1 July, when the city received the heaviest downpour of the season in duration of just 24 hours — 375 mm recorded in the Santa Cruz Meteorological station and another around during 4-6 September.
As on September 18, the overall seasonal rainfall over Mumbai has already reached 3475.2 mm, inching closer to the highest seasonal rainfall for Mumbai (3759.7 mm) recorded in 1958.
Heavy rainfall is also expected over Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Bihar, East Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Marathawada, Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Puducherry and Kerala over the next few days.