Central Maharashtra battles hailstorm and rain, Mumbai the heat

  • Badri Chatterjee, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Mar 11, 2015 17:25 IST

While Mahabaleshwar and other parts of Maharashtra witnessed hailstorm and unseasonal rain on Tuesday, Mumbai got warmer, with maximum temperatures in the city and suburbs witnessing a rise.

The maximum temperature was 35.6 degrees Celsius in the suburbs and 32.8 degrees Celsius in south Mumbai. The minimum temperature was 22.6 degrees Celsius in south Mumbai and 19.7 de g rees Celsius in the suburbs. “Mumbai will not be affected by the rain or thunderstorms in other parts of the state,” said VK Rajeev, director, western region, India Meteorological Department (IMD).

Explaining t he weather fluctuation in other parts of the state, Sunita Devi, director, weather central, IMD Pune, said, “The southern winds that carry moisture are forming clouds at higher altitudes. This leads to formation of ice, which is converted into hail. We expect hailstorm in northern parts of Maharashtra, especially Nashik and Jalgaon on Wednesday.”

Mahabaleshwar received 5mm of rainfall with the maximum and minimum temperatures at 27.7 degrees Celsius and 17 degrees Celsius respectively. Light thunderstorms were also felt in Kolhapur, Beed, Osmanabad and other parts of central Maharashtra.

Medha Khole, deputy director general, weather forecasting, IMD, said, “A clash between the westerly winds coming from northern India and easterly winds from the southern parts of the country has given rise to this disturbance over Maharashtra, southern parts of Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.”

Weathermen have predicted clear skies, with maximum temperature at 35 degrees Celsius and minimum temperature at 20 degrees Celsius in the city on Wednesday.

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