Thursday, September 8: Maharashtra is set to experience another intense spurt of rains just as the Ganesh Chaturthi festivities come to an end. So if you live in Mumbai, Pune and any other Maharashtrian city where Ganapati Visarjan is performed with extra fervour and grandeur, we suggest you be prepared for wet weather and possibly waterlogged roads as you bid a temporary farewell to Lord Ganesha.
After light rains at the start of the week, many parts of Maharashtra witnessed a spike in rainfall as well as thunderstorm activity over the past 24-48 hours. Now, forecasts indicate that a similarly intensified version of these conditions will prevail across the state for the next 4-5 days.
This rainfall activity can be attributed to the low-pressure area that is set to establish itself in the Bay of Bengal, and thereafter pull in moisture from the Arabian Sea. Moreover, a cyclonic circulation over Karnataka and its associated trough are also likely to contribute to the wet spell.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the following conditions are expected in Maharashtra’s subdivisions:
- Fairly widespread to widespread rainfall with isolated heavy falls (64.5 mm-115.5 mm), thunderstorms and lightning over Konkan-Goa, Marathwada and Madhya Maharashtra until next Monday (September 12)
- Isolated very heavy showers (115.5 mm-204 mm) over Madhya Maharashtra between Thursday and next Monday (September 8-12) and over Konkan-Goa from Friday to Monday (September 9-12)
Given these forecasts, an orange alert will remain in place over Konkan-Goa and Madhya Maharashtra for the next five days (September 8-12), so as to urge the locals to ‘be prepared’ for the heavy rains, thunderstorms and lightning. A yellow watch will be issued over Vidarbha and Marathwada for the duration, so individuals can ‘be updated’ about the inclement weather.
Mumbai, Pune, Satara, Kolhapur, Nashik and most other Maharashtrian districts will be on a yellow watch during this five-day forecast period, while Ratnagiri and Raigad will be on orange alert between Friday and Sunday.
Further, the fisherfolk have been advised against venturing into the sea for the next three days at least, owing to squally weather along the Maharashtra-Goa coast. The wind speeds could reach 45-55 kmph, gusting to 65 kmph.
On the occasion of Visarjan, additional caution is recommended for those participating in the idol immersion in the water bodies. The rains might make the rocky areas more slippery, increasing the risks of people toppling into the deep and sometimes fast-moving water. Forming human chains, using boats and having rescue troops at hand are some safety measures to follow during the Visarjan.
Meanwhile, the rainfall across Maharashtra so far this monsoon season has been slightly above average, albeit still in the ‘normal’ category. Between June 1 and September 7, the western state has recorded 1016 mm of precipitation — 17% more than its average of 866 mm for the period.
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