Significantly boosting Ganpati cheer in the state, heavy rain lashed Maharashtra on Friday, reducing the season’s rainfall deficiency from 42% to 36% in Marathwada and from 36% to 32% in central Maharashtra.
The weather depression located over Vidarbha and its surrounding areas brought heavy rain to most parts of the state, including Vidarbha, Marathwada, central Maharashtra and Konkan.
According to meteorologists from Skymet, a Delhi-based private weather forecasting service, over the last 24 hours, Maharashtra has received the heaviest rainfall as compared to any other state in the country.
GP Sharma, the vice-president, meteorology, Skymet, said Vidarbha recorded nearly 18 times the quantum of normal rainfall in the last 24 hours (see box for details).
“This one-day rainfall has brought down deficiency in Marathwada to 36% from 42%. Similarly, the deficiency dropped to 32% in Madhya Maharashtra from 36% and 8% in Vidarbha from 14%,” said Sharma.
According to officials from the India Meteorological Department (IMD), between 8.30am to 5.30pm on Friday, Aurangabad, Nasik, Pune and Lohegaon recorded 72mm, 43mm, 40mm and 32mm respectively, the maximum in the state.
Weathermen predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in Mumbai and surrounding areas, along the Konkan coast, Marathwada and central Maharashtra over the next three days.
Mumbai recorded hardly any rainfall on Friday. Cloudy skies ensured only 0.2mm of rain in the suburbs till 8.30pm.
Night temperatures in both south Mumbai and the suburbs increased to 27.5 degrees Celsius, 2.5 degrees Celsius above normal, and 27.4 degrees Celsius, 2.8 degree Celsius above normal respectively. However, the day temperatures were 1.5 degrees Celsius below normal at both Colaba and Santacruz, at 29.4 degrees Celsius and 29.5 degrees Celsius respectively.
“We have given heavy to very heavy rainfall warning for the next three days over the state, as a result of a depression located over Akola in Vidarbha. The weather system is likely to move westwards and give heavy rain over Konkan areas in the next 48 hours,” said VK Rajeev, director, western region, IMD.
Officials from IMD said rainfall 25mm rainfall at Bhira, 8.5mm at Lonavala and 9mm at Khopoli resulted in traffic and railway disruption along major expressways and highways.