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Cyclone in Mumbai: Heavy rain, winds likely today as cyclone brews | Mumbai News

MUMBAI: Rain or thundershowers are expected in the city on Monday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Sunday. There is a warning about high-speed winds caused by a low pressure area over the south-east and adjoining east-central Arabian Sea that is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm.
The IMD has issued an orange alert for Mumbai and Thane and a red alert for Palghar for Wednesday. An orange alert indicates likelihood of heavy to very heavy rain at a few places. A red alert denotes the likelihood of extremely heavy rain at isolated places.
A BMC official said the thunderstorms warning was a concern, especially since some Covid care facilities were in the open. “If the winds are extremely strong and there is rain, we hope it does not cause a logistics issue,” the official said. “We are constantly monitoring the situation.”
CM Uddhav Thackeray said the state machinery was ready to tackle the situation and asked people living near the coast to remain alert.
The official date for the onset of the monsoon in the city is June 11.
“I appeal to the fishermen to avoid venturing in the sea for the next four to five days. The cyclone is hovering, it may change its direction too, but we have to be alert,” the CM said.
The IMD, in a pre-cyclone warning issued on Sunday for the north coast of the state and south Gujarat, said: “The low pressure area over south-east and adjoining east-central Arabian Sea and Lakshadweep area persists. It is very likely to concentrate into a depression over east-central and adjoining south-east Arabian Sea during next 24 hours and likely to intensify further into a cyclonic storm over east-central Arabian Sea during the subsequent 24 hours.”
It said the cyclonic storm was very likely to move northwards till Tuesday morning and then re-curve from north to north-east, coming close to the north coast of the state and the south of Gujarat around Wednesday morning.
The IMB warning said: “Maharashtra, especially the west coast, is very likely to experience an active wet spell during June 1-4. Therefore, fishermen are advised not to venture into Arabian Sea, and to return to coasts by May 31. Squally wind, speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph, very likely to prevail. It will gradually increase, becoming gale wind speed reaching 65-75 kmph gusting to 85 kmph.”
Mahesh Palawat, vice-president, meteorology and climate change, Skymet, a private weather forecasting agency, tweeted: “The #LPA in Arabian Sea will intensify into a #Depression and subsequently in #Cyclone #Nisarga. Coastal #Karnataka, #Maharashtra and #be in line of fire. Heavy rains, Rough Sea conditions are possible between June 1 and 4.”
The maximum temperature on Sunday was 35.7 degrees Celsius at the IMD Colaba observatory and 35.8 degrees Celsius at the Santacruz observatory.

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