Weather, pollution updates: Several parts of Maharashtra woke up to unseasonal rains on Monday as the minimum temperature dropped below the normal mark. According to the latest forecast by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the remnants of Cyclone Mandous, the southern states and the Union Territories (UTs) of southern India are likely to receive unseasonal rainfall till Thursday (December 15).
Some parts of Pune district received very light rain on Sunday afternoon. Due to the moisture incursion phenomenon, the minimum temperature in Pune city seems to have gone up as IMD’s Shivajinagar observatory recorded 12.3 degrees Celsius on Sunday as against 8.9 degrees Celsius recorded on Saturday.
Apart from Pune district, the national weather agency has also issued a ‘yellow’ alert for Nashik, Ahmednagar, Aurangabad, Jalna, Beed, Satara, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg and Kolhapur districts for the next two days with a thunderstorm warning.
Meanwhile, Mumbai woke up to another cool day, with the minimum temperature recorded at 18 degrees at the IMD’s Santacruz observatory, which was a degree below normal. The temperature in Colaba was recorded at 21 degrees.
Earlier, the IMD had predicted in its five-day forecast that parts of Mumbai and Thane may experience light rain and thundershowers on December 12 and 13 along with cloudy skies.
Rain in Tamil Nadu
Chennai and several parts of Tamil Nadu received rain on Monday as the IMD predicted more rainfall till December 15 due to the cyclonic circulation and low pressure area expected to form over the Bay of Bengal on December 13.
In Kancheepuram district, including Tiruvallur and Uthukottai Taluks, schools in some areas declared a holiday on Monday as per the announcement.
The civic authorities are clearing tree branches that fell when Cyclone Mandous crossed the coast of Mamallapuram near here.
According to IMD, due to cyclonic circulation over north Tamil Nadu along with south interior Karnataka and north Kerala, a Low Pressure Area is likely to form over the same region around December 13. It will move west-northwest. Indian coast later.
At most places with heavy rainfall at isolated places, light to moderate rainfall will occur over Tamil Nadu and Kerala and Mahe today and the rainfall activity will decrease in the region later, he said.
The weather with wind speed of 35-45 kmph gusting to 55 kmph is very likely over southeast and east central Arabian Sea and Kerala-Karnataka coast on Monday and Tuesday, the forecast said.
Fishermen have been advised not to venture along the south-east and east-central Arabian Sea and along the Kerala-Karnataka coast on December 12 and 13.
Rain in Madhya Pradesh
Cloudy weather and light drizzle were witnessed in parts of Madhya Pradesh on Monday as moisture from cyclonic storm ‘Mandous’ entered the Bay of Bengal, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
Arera Hills in Bhopal and Tamria area in Chhindwara have recorded 2.8 mm and 6 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours, IMD Bhopal weather scientist Mamta Yadav told PTI.
Minimum temperatures have risen by three to four notches due to cloudy weather. It had been hovering around 10 to 11 degrees Celsius, but in the last two days it had risen to 14 to 15 degrees Celsius, he said.
Cloudy conditions have reduced the draft for now, but it is expected to turn cold in two days, the official said.
Pollution in Mumbai
Air quality in Mumbai remained in the ‘poor’ category on Sunday, however, the air quality index (AQI) was better than last week at 245. Mumbai’s AQI crossed the 300 mark last week, according to the Air Quality System. Weather Forecast and Research (SAFAR).
The most polluted location in Mumbai on Sunday was Chembur (321), followed by BKC (309), Andheri (306), Mazgaon (301), Malad (300), Bhandup (215) and Colaba (193).
An AQI of zero to 50 is considered “good,” 51 to 100 “fair,” 101 to 200 “moderate,” 201 to 300 “poor,” 301 to 400 “very poor,” and 401 to 500 “severe.”
Pollution in Delhi
Also, the minimum temperature in Delhi settled at 8.8 degrees Celsius on Sunday, and the air quality was recorded in the ‘very poor’ category. The air quality index was measured at 329, according to the Central Pollution Control Board.
The weather has predicted mainly clear skies throughout the day in the national capital.
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