Now, get real-time weather de­tails on­line HOW YOU CAN AC­CESS THE DE­TAILS

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Badri Chat­ter­jee badri.chat­ter­jee@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Ci­ti­zens will be able to get on­line in­for­ma­tion on weather and air qual­ity in their lo­cal­ity as 20 au­to­matic weather sys­tems (AWS) are be­ing set up across the city.

As part of the mega-city fore­cast sys­tem, ini­ti­ated by the Union en­vi­ron­ment min­istry, the In­dia Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal De­part­ment (IMD) with the help of the Sys­tem of Air Qual­ity Weather Fore­cast­ing and Re­search (SAFAR) has in­stalled 20 AWSacross the eastern, west­ern sub­urbs and Pan­vel, tak­ing the num­ber of such sys­tems to 30. The sys­tems in Mum­bai and sur­round­ing ar­eas form one of the largest au­to­matic weather fore­cast­ing net­works in the coun­try.

“The pur­pose of in­stalling the AWS is for bet­ter weather ob­ser­va­tional points for the avail­abil­ity of more re­al­is­tic data to the masses. Air qual­ity will also be mon­i­tored as part of the project in­stalled by SAFAR,” said K S Hos­a­likar, deputy di­rec­tor gen­eral, west­ern re­gion, IMD.

The AWS will be set up at the IIT-Bom­bay, Powai; So­maiya Vidyav­i­har cam­pus; Shivaji Park; Worli (2 sta­tions); Ban­dra; Gha­tok­par; Mu­lund (2); Charkop, Kan­di­vli (2); Lokhand­wala Com­plex; Bhandup (West); and Pan­vel.

SAFAR, a na­tion­wide ini­tia­tive by the min­istry of earth sci­ence, mon­i­tors and fore­casts air qual­ity at 10 sta­tions in Mum­bai .

“Dur­ing this mon­soon sea­son, there was no uni­for­mity of rain­fall in Mum­bai as some ar­eas ob­served heavy rain while oth­ers recorded neg­li­gi­ble amounts. The in­for­ma­tion that is cur­rently live on the SAFAR web­site helps in ac­cu­rate dis­sem­i­na­tion of weather in­for­ma­tion such as hu­mid­ity lev­els and three-day fore­cast to Mum­bai­ites,” said Gufran Beig, project di­rec­tor, SAFAR.

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