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Unexpected thundershowers lash some parts of Maha

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
By Manjiri Chitre and Shaiber Raichur

Some parts of Maharashtra sizzle at 42 degree Celsius

After a week of extreme heat, some areas near the city like Thane experienced unexpected rains yesterday, while some areas in Maharashtra like Pune, Nashik, Ahmednagar and Raigad experienced sudden thundershowers with strong winds. In contrast to that, several parts of Maharashtra sizzled at 40 plus degree Celsius yesterday.

The city has been experiencing extreme humidity levels since the last few weeks. Some areas near Mumbai like Thane, Dombivali, Kalyan and Badlapur had also experienced unexpected rains yesterday. According to official sources, the unexpected thundershowers proved to be a temporary relief from the heat for the local population.

According to official sources, Chandrapur in Vidharbha recorded around 44 degrees Celsius even when unexpected rains lashed the Western parts of the State, whereas Ahmedabad recorded around 40.2 degrees Celsius.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) had claimed that Mumbai may not experience heavy rainfall, but that there were slight chances that it would rain on Tuesday. “The rains are likely due to a trough from North Madhya Maharashtra to Andhra Pradesh. However, there are more chances that it may rain in some parts of Maharashtra like Pune, Satara, Nashik, Ahmednagar, and Raigad. Mumbai may not experience rainfall”, said a Senior Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) official, on the condition of anonymity.

The sudden rains accompanied by gusty winds and thunder at Badlapur and Kalyan caught the residents unaware. However,  residents took the opportunity to get drenched in this unseasonal rain.

The maximum temperature in Mumbai was recorded around 35 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperature was recorded at around 27 degrees Celsius, claimed official sources. “The sky is likely to be clear for the next two days. The city may experience a slight change of one to two degree Celsius in the temperature for the next two days”, said a Senior Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) official.

Speaking with The Afternoon DC, Vedant Mohite, a resident of Badlapur said, "In this hot weather, it is very difficult to survive but due to the unexpected showers yesterday, we got a relief from the hot temperature."

Another resident from Kalyan said, "This is an indication of danger, sudden rains or an increase in temperature is not a positive thing. Small children, we saw enjoying in the drizzle but this drizzle is not good for the health of people.”

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