Biggest waves: It’s the weekend but citizens may want to stay indoors as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy rainfall in the city. Coming this weekend is also two of the biggest high tides of this season.
The IMD has issued a heavy rainfall warning for Sunday with very heavy showers in some areas of Palghar, Thane, Mumbai and Raigad. On Sunday too, heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely at some places in Mumbai.
City authorities are issuing advance warnings to people about this biggest waves and high tide and evacuated thousands of residents from low-lying areas.
Here are the 3 best places to enjoy biggest waves of the season in Mumbai
1 Marine Drive
2 Gateway of India
3 Bandra Bandstands
The weekend high tides are highest this season-4.97m at 1.49pm on Sunday and 4.96m at 1.02pm on Saturday. As heavy rainfall coupled with a high tide is known to cause flooding in the city, BMC has put its officials on alert. During a high tide, the BMC closes flood gates to prevent seawater from entering the city but that also means there is no way out for the rainwater.
Huge waves are expected to crash onto the retaining walls at Nariman Point, Colaba, Cuffe Parade, Marine Drive, Haji Ali, Worli Seaface, Bandra Bandstand, Juhu, Versova, Marve, Gorai, Bhandup and Vikhroli.
Water may surge over roads near Prabhadevi, Worli, Juhu, Bandra and Santacruz apart from the one near the Gateway of India just outside the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel.
Coastal areas near Mumbai, such as Thane, Bhayander, Uttan, Palghar, Boisar and Dahanu also on alert due to high tides and expected biggest waves.
People living in high-rise buildings facing the Arabian Sea crowded the balconies in neighbourhoods like Borivali, Kandivli, Malad, Goregaon, Andheri, Bandra, Mahim and south Mumbai.