The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday forecast “extremely heavy rainfall” on Thursday in Mumbai and adjoining Raigad district.
The IMD issued a red rain alert, indicating “extremely heavy rainfall”, for Mumbai and Raigad districts, said an IMD official.
This indicates a precipitation of more than 204 mm in 24 hours starting Thursday morning, he said.
While Mumbai would receive ‘heavy rainfall’ on Friday, Raigad will continue to receive extremely heavy showers that day also, the official added.
Schools, colleges closed
Education Minister Ashish Shelar announced on Twitter that schools and junior colleges in the city will remain closed as a precautionary measure.
IMD officials said with the formation of favourable weather systems, rainfall over the Konkan and its adjoining areas was likely to increase in the next two to three days.
“The reason for this rainy episode will be the formation of a cyclonic circulation over Madhya Maharashtra by tomorrow. In fact, this system is expected to move towards the Konkan region. Moist winds from the Arabian Sea will aid in increasing the rainfall activity,” said Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist, Skymet. The private weather forecaster also warned of waterlogging in many parts of the city.