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Keep umbrellas handy, more rain expected

mumbai Updated: Nov 22, 2010 01:30 IST
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Unexpected heavy showers drenched the city on Sunday morning and late afternoon.

Keep your umbrellas handy on Monday and Tuesday as the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that the rains will continue owing to a low-pressure area created over the Arabian Sea.

Shahid Hassan, 22, a student of NIFT in Navi Mumbai, got drenched while riding his motorcycle from Kharghar to Andheri on Sunday. “Due to the train block on the Harbour line, I planed to drive down to Andheri. I had no clue that it would rain,” Hassan said.

Colaba recorded 0.4mm rainfall whereas Santacruz recorded 3.4mm.

“The clouds formed due to low pressure over the Arabian Sea have moved towards coastal Maharashtra resulting in the showers,” said VK Rajeev, director, western region, IMD.

“There is an ‘Easterly Wave’ approaching Maharashtra from the Bay of Bengal. It may even bring further rainfall after three to four days,” Rajeev added.

The rainfall would, however, be minimal, within 5mm, he said.

In November and December the southern states experience winds from the Bay of Bengal called the Easterly Waves.

The effect of these waves is only felt in Mumbai if the amplitude of the wave is high. “These waves have created a moisture incursion from the Arabian Sea and also the day time heating on Saturday has resulted in the showers,” said RV Sharma, deputy director general, western region, IMD.

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