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Red and orange alerts for Konkan and Madhya Maharashtra this week

These districts include Palghar, Mumbai, Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Kolhapur and Satara. An orange alert is also in place for Pune on Wednesday and Thursday, mainly over its ghat areas.

By: Express News Service | Pune |
Updated: July 12, 2021 3:39:16 am
People standing on the Arabian sea coast hold umbrellas during rain in Mumbai, India, Sunday, July 11, 2021.(AP Photo)

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued red and orange alerts respectively for most districts of Konkan and Madhya Maharashtra, warning of very heavy rain till July 15.

These districts include Palghar, Mumbai, Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Kolhapur and Satara. An orange alert is also in place for Pune on Wednesday and Thursday, mainly over its ghat areas.

The southwest monsoon is slowly turning into its active phase over the state. On Sunday, a low pressure system off the Andhra Pradesh-Odisha coast, formed over the Bay of Bengal. The westerly winds blowing from the Arabian Sea, too, have strengthened — which will add to the prevailing favourable conditions leading to widespread rainfall over Maharashtra.

In the days ahead, an offshore trough is likely to develop between Maharashtra and Kerala, which will further push moisture-laden westerlies along coasts of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka and Kerala — causing intense rainfall.

Extremely heavy rain (more than 204.4 mm in 24 hours) is forecast on Monday over Konkan and Goa and during the remaining days, very heavy rain (115.4 to 204.4mm in 24 hours) shall continue till Thursday. Madhya Maharashtra will experience very heavy rain till July 15, according to the latest forecast by the IMD on Sunday.

From the start of the season till Sunday, Maharashtra had recorded 337 mm rain, which was at least four per cent above normal. Nandurbar (-57 per cent), Akola (-50 per cent), Dhule (-46 per cent), Nashik (-37 per cent), Jalgaon (-29 per cent) and Buldhana (-24 per cent) are the districts which are rain deficient in the state.

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