Water-starved Marathwada can expect some relief as weathermen have predicted thunderstorms accompanied by hail during the weekend .
Officials from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said weather conditions over central and south India will bring scattered rainfall in the next 48 hours across Marathwada and Vidarbha. “There has been a development of a cyclonic circulation over the central peninsular region owing to strong land heating. Concurrently, there is high moisture supply from the Bay of Bengal, which might result in rainfall,” said Bishwajit Mukhopadhyay, additional director general, climate services division, IMD.
Mukhopadhyay said rainfall is likely in more than 50% of the locations that are currently drought-hit across Marathwada. “We expect that the current thundershowers might bring some relief to farmers and have sent out directives to store as much water over the next 48 hours,” he said.
The severe water crunch situation in Latur, Beed and Parbhani districts has created an acute shortage of drinking and irrigation water.
Mumbaiites, however, sweated it out on Friday as the maximum temperature between 5.30pm Thursday and 5.30pm Friday in the suburbs was 36.8 degrees Celsius, which was 3.6 degree Celsius above normal.
South Mumbai, however, recorded maximum temperatures closer to normal levels at 33 degrees Celsius.
IMD officials pointed out that the sea breeze had set in late on Friday, which led to high temperatures during the day in Mumbai. “An anti-cyclonic circulation over the Arabian Sea has moved closer to the coast and did not allow the sea breeze to set in early on Friday. As a result, a rise in heat radiation was observed that led to high temperatures,” said an official from IMD’s Colaba office.