It was not just the incessant rain that troubled Mumbaiites on Saturday, but also the chill that caught many unawares. The city, on Saturday, witnessed its coldest July day in a decade.
The minimum temperature recorded at Santacruz was 22.7 degrees Celsius, three degrees below normal, and it was 24.5 degrees Celsius at Colaba. Since 2003, the lowest minimum temperature in July was 23 degrees Celsius in 2006.
“An overcast sky, and no local heating during the day brought temperatures down,” said VK Rajeev, director, western region, IMD.
As per the 24-hour data by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), it rained 78.9mm in the suburbs between 8.30am on Friday and 8.30am on Saturday, which is more than last year’s 24-hour rainfall in July of 76.3mm. South Mumbai received 71.4mm rainfall on Saturday.
All through Saturday, the city witnessed a steady downpour with Santacruz recording 43.2mm of rainfall while it was 15.9mm in Colaba.
Weathermen said that monsoon had become active in north and south Konkan, south central Maharashtra and Marathwada.
“The off-shore trough extending from Maharashtra to Kerala has become very active. The westerly winds have gained strength,” said Rajeev.
The weather bureau has forecast heavy rain in the city over the next 48 hours.