Severe rains continue to wreak havoc in Mumbai. The Meteorological Department had already issued an alert on 4 and 5 July.

On Monday, day-time temperatures fell markedly over Faizabad, Lucknow, Bareilly and Meerut divisions while the mercury fell appreciably over Agra and Kanpur divisions.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) also asked the school principals to ensure that the students are sent back home safely.

For Sunday, the Met department has predicted "heavy to very heavy rainfall" at a few places and "isolated extremely heavy rainfall" in Valsad, Navsari, Dangs, Tapi and Surat in south Gujarat.

Apart from Mumbai, Uttarakhand is also on high alert. Considering the weather reports, administration has issued a yellow alert in the state to minimize the losses. The Indian Meteorological Department has also predicted heavy rains in Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag, Almora, Pithauragarh and Bageshwar in the next 24 hours.

Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agarwal said the sowing of kharif (summer) crops like paddy will pick up as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) estimates good rains in the coming months.

Although the rains did not much affect the normal life in the city, at least five persons were injured in rain- related incidents, officials said.

"It (Cyclone Vayu) may not make landfall. It will only skirt the coast. It has made a small deviation. But, its effect will be there with strong winds and heavy rain," Secretary at the Ministry of Earth Sciences M Rajeevan told PTI.