The city woke up to a thick cloud cover and rain on Tuesday morning. Weathermen have predicted heavy to very heavy rain for the Konkan coast, including Mumbai, for the next 48 hours starting Tuesday.
Officials from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the three main weather factors would lead to the downpour. “There are three upper air cyclonic circulations - one along the Bay of Bengal, another over Madhya Pradesh and surrounding areas and the third over Kutch, Gujarat. These weather factors are pulling a lot of moisture along the Konkan coast and will lead to heavy rainfall,” said Shubhangi Bhute, director, regional meteorological centre, Mumbai, IMD.
After negligible rain on Monday, the city received light showers on Tuesday morning. Between 8.30am on Monday and 8.30am on Tuesday, the Santacruz weather station recorded 22.6mm rain, while only 4mm was recorded at Colaba.
Night temperatures were a degree Celsius below normal as Colaba and Santacruz recorded 25 degrees Celsius and 23 degrees Celsius on Tuesday. Moisture levels were high with south Mumbai and the suburbs recording 93% and 92% humidity.