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MUMBAI: The Indian Meteorological Department’s (IMD) Mumbai observatory issued a rain and thundershower warning for the city and suburbs beginning Monday night owing to the cyclonic storm Ockhi. They said that the situation would persist on Tuesday as well. Some parts of city started witnessing drizzle from Monday evening itself.
Maharashtara government also announced holiday for school and colleges on Tuesday in Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Sindhudurga, Thane, Raigad and Palghar Districts due to the adverse weather.
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Weather officials also said that squally wind speed reaching 50-60 km per hour and gusting to 70 km per hour was very likely along coastal areas. Ajay Kumar, scientist from IMD Mumbai, said, “The severe cyclonic storm ‘Ockhi’ is 670 kms south west of Mumbai and likely to move north-eastwards. It will form a deep depression on Tuesday night near Surat area. Mumbai is expected to get rains along with gusty winds. We have issued a warning to fishermen not to venture into the sea.” The current weather condition has led minimum temperatures in the city to go up from almost 18 degrees last week to 23-25 degrees this week.
On Monday the minimum temperature recorded by IMD Colaba observatory was 25 degree Celsius and Santacruz observatory was 23 degree Celsius, both around three degrees above normal. Apart from Ockhi there is also a low pressure area developing in the Bay of Bengal, said weather officials. However the same may not have much of an effect in the city.
Meanwhile the BMC has been put on its toes by lakhs of people expected to visit Chaityabhoomi in Dadar (West) to pay homage to late Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar on December 6, when rains, gusty winds and high tide are expected. “Many people, who come for the same, venture close to sea. However there is already a high tide of 5.05 metres on that day apart from forecast for rains and gusty winds. Therefore appropriate measures are being put in place. Around 70 school halls have also been kept open on stand by,” said a BMC official.