New Delhi, Dec 5: Mumbai recorded its highest 24-hour rainfall in December in the last decade as Cyclone Ockhi started to affect the weather conditions of the coastal city. The Santacruz weather station– representative of Mumbai– recorded 7mm rain. The Colaba station that represents south Mumbai recorded 11.4 mm rainfall between 5.30 pm and 8.30 pm on Monday.
The highest rainfall ever recorded in 24 hours in December month was 31.4 mm on December 12, 1967. Reports said that heavy rainfall warning has been issued for Tuesday in Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Nandurbar, Dhule, Nasik and Jalgaon districts.
Meanwhile, the disaster management unit of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued an advisory against visiting beaches. The municipal body also issued a warning for people living close to the sea. The body said that there would be increased wave action in areas like Shivaji Park, Dadar and Cadell Road. As huge crowd would be expected on December 6 on the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti at Shivaji Park, people have been asked to avoid going close to the sea.
The Indian Meteorological Department said on Monday that Cyclone Ockhi was located over east central Arabian sea, 540 km southwest of Mumbai. The intensity of the cyclone was expected to reduce as it moved northeastwards, it said. The department also rubbished rumours that the cyclone would hit Mumbai. The department added that the Mumbai coastline could witness high-speed winds from Monday night. The speed of the wind could touch 50-60 kmph.