Mumbai: An ‘orange’ rainfall alert has been issued for Mumbai on Monday by the India Meteorological Department. Apart from Mumbai, ‘heavy to very heavy rainfall is predicted in Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Palghar and other nearby areas too.
An IMD spokesperson had earlier on Sunday advised people to exercise caution while leaving the country’s financial capital on Monday.
The official said the city may receive “around 130 mm of rain” in the next two or three days, which is not “hazardous” by Mumbai’s standards but could cause “waterlogging”.
The IMD, in its daily bulletin on Sunday, had informed that “very widespread/ widespread rainfall with thundershowers/lightning very likely over Karnataka, Konkan & Goa, Kerala & Mahe & Lakshadweep”.
The IMD, the premier agency responsible for meteorological observations, weather forecasting and seismology, also predicted “very widespread rainfall” during Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Marathwada, Andhra Pradesh and Yanam, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal during the next five days.
The official date of onset of the southwest monsoon was June 11.
However, reports said that Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra have been witnessing cloudy skies and intermittent rain for the past few days. The first low visibility rain occurred in isolated areas in the early hours of Sunday.
According to the IMD, Mumbai has received around 16.2 mm of rain so far, while Thane and Palghar have received 1.3 mm and 7.77 mm respectively.
With the fresh spell of rain, the air quality in Mumbai, which is infamous for waterlogging in monsoon, has increased to a “good category”.
The overall Air Quality Index (AQI), as per the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), was 29 on Monday morning. An AQI between zero and 50 is considered ‘good’.