(Eds:Updating with prediction for Mumbai region)
Mumbai, May 13 (PTI) The IMD on Thursday issued a
warning that a low pressure area formed over the Arabian Sea
is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm by May 16, which
may bring heavy rainfall to Mumbai, some places in Goa and
south Konkan region and also Gujarat.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said, "A low
pressure area has formed over the southeast Arabian Sea and
adjoining Lakshadweep area today. It is very likely to become
well marked over Lakshadweep area by Friday morning."
It will concentrate into a depression over the same
region by Saturday morning and intensify into a cyclonic storm
during the subsequent 24 hours, it said in the warning report.
It is very likely to intensify further and move
north-northwestwards Gujarat and adjoining Pakistan coasts, it
It is likely to reach near Gujarat coast around May 18
evening, the IMD added.
Due to this, south Konkan and Goa region would receive
light to moderate rainfall at many places on Saturday and its
intensity would increase further and it would receive heavy to
very heavy rainfall at a few places on Sunday and Monday, it
According to the department, 64.5 mm to 115.5 mm
rainfall in 24 hours is considered as heavy, while
precipitation between 115.6 mm to 204.4 mm in 24 hours is
termed as very heavy rainfall.
Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri districts form the south
Konkan region of Maharashtra.
Similarly, Gujarat coast would receive rainfall from
May 17 onwards. The intensity is expected to escalate during
the subsequent days with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few
places over Saurashtra and Kutch on May 18 and isolated heavy
to very heavy rainfall over Kutch and adjoining southwest
Rajasthan on May 19.
As the region is going to be affected by cyclone
storm, the rains would be accompanied with gusty winds with a
speed ranging from 50 kilometre per hours to 80 kmph in next
In a late evening forecast, the IMD said Ratnagiri and
Sindhudurg districts are very likely to receive heavy to very
heavy rainfall on Sunday and Monday, while Mumbai, Thane and
Raigad would receive very heavy rainfall on Monday.
Raigad is also expected to witness thunderstorm with
lightning and gusty winds from Saturday onwards.
Kolhapur and Satara in Western Maharashtra are
expected to receive heavy to very heavy rain at isolated
places in ghat areas on Sunday and Monday, while similar
warning is issued for Pune on Monday only, the report stated.
The Marathwada region including Beed, Latur, Nanded as
well as Sangli, Solapur, Ahmednagar, Satara, Pune and Kolhapur
are very likely to be hit by thunderstorm with lightning on
Friday. PTI ND