Mumbai: Mumbai experienced heavy rainfall on Friday as per the weather forecast. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) also predicted severe thunderstorm accompanied by lightning and strong surface winds exceeding 50-60 kmph in Thane, Raigad and Mumbai for the day.
Consequently, flights to and from Mumbai were also delayed. Seventeen inbound flights were diverted from the Mumbai airport on Friday as the city witnessed heavy downpour, airport authorities said here. Notably, four flights had to do ‘go-around’ before they could land, a spokesperson of the Mumbai airport said in the evening. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (MIAL) Public Relations Officer had noted, “Flights are delayed by 30 minutes on average, due to heavy rains since last 2 hours.” However, the delay was by an hour.
The weather department had also predicted heavy downpour in isolated areas of Maharashtra, including Mumbai, in the coming days. “Heavy to very heavy rainfall likely to occur at a few places in the districts of Raigad. Heavy rainfall likely to occur at isolated places in districts of Thane, Palghar and Mumbai in the next three days,” said IMD.
Recently, heavy rainfall in Mumbai inundated several areas across the city including Sion, Matunga, Mahim, Andheri, Malad and Dahisar. This resulted in huge traffic snarls at major junctions in the capital city of Maharashtra.
Meanwhile, the daily forecast by IMD on Friday stated that southwest monsoon would remain active over central and adjoining south peninsular India in the coming days.
IMD’s forecast further read, “Fairly widespread to widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy falls is likely over Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Vidarbha, ghat areas of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Konkan, Gujarat, and Rajasthan during next three days.”
(With Agency inputs)