Mumbai: In a relief to Mumbaikars reeling under the sweltering heat, Mumbai and some other parts of Maharashtra on Friday experienced unseasonal rains.
Dadar, Worli, Mulund, Ghatkopar, Jogeshwari and Kandvli areas received light showers. Heavy showers were reported in adjoining Thane.
The unseasonal rains resulted in the slowing down of morning peak hour traffic on both the eastern and western express highways slicing through Mumbai, besides other roads in the city.
It also caused technical problems at Diva and Kurla stations of Mumbai`s suburban train services.
Parts of Thane, Raigad, Nashik and Aurangabad districts of Maharashtra have been experiencing rain or thundershowers since Thursday night. Farmers in these districts fear their crops could be damaged by the unseasonal rain.
Many parts of Marathwada also experienced unseasonal rains in last two days.
The weather bureau has forecast cloudy skies for the next 24-48 hours over Mumbai with a slight fall in the maximum and minimum temperatures.
In Mumbai, the India Meteorological Department had on Thursday recorded maximum temperature of 35.8 degrees Celsius in Santacruz and 33.4 degrees Celsius in Colaba.
The minimum temperature in Santacruz was recorded at 23 degree Celsius and 24.2 degrees Celsius in Colaba.
Tweets related to #MumbaiRains flooded social networking website Twitter also.
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— Sterlin (@sterlin_sterlin) March 4, 2016
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— Nimitt Vora (@NimittVora) March 4, 2016
— Pradnya Joshi Nair (@BookChaiBackpac) March 4, 2016
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— Claudia Ciesla (@ClaudiaCiesla) March 4, 2016
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— Priyanka (@priyanka_ashvik) March 4, 2016
— Priyanka Khosla (@PriyankaKhosla8) March 4, 2016