Mumbai, Dec 4: The Cyclone Ockhi is expected to bring rains in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra on December 5, the Indian Meteorological Department’s (IMD) predicted on Monday. Following the IMD forecast for the Cyclone Ockhi, the Maharashtra government declared ‘precautionary holiday’ on December 5. Some parts of the city have started witnessing drizzle from Monday evening itself.

“Precautionary holiday declared on 5/12/17 for schools and colleges in Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Sindhudurga, Thane, Raigad and Palghar Districts for the safety of the students due to the serious weather predictions on #CycloneOckhi #MumbaiRains,” tweeted Maharashtra education minister Vinod Tawde. However, Mumbai University and affiliated colleges will not be closed tomorrow. All exams scheduled to be conducted as announced earlier, reported news agency ANI.

Earlier today, the IMD said that moderate to heavy rains in some areas along with squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph are likely over Mumbai, Surat and other areas of Maharashtra coast and South Gujarat on Monday as well as Tuesday.

“The very severe cyclonic storm ‘OCKHI’ over east central and adjoining southeast Arabian Sea moved further north-northwestwards with a speed of 12 kmph during past 6 hours and lay centred at 2330 hrs IST of 03 rd December, 2017 over eastcentral Arabian Sea near Latitude 13.5º N and Longitude 68.5º E, about 530 km west-northwest of Amini Divi, 770 km south-southwest of Mumbai and 970 km south-southwest of Surat. It is very likely to move nearly northwards during next 6 hours and then recurve north-northeastwards towards south Gujarat and adjoining north Maharashtra coasts,” IMD said in a statement.