Monsoon bids adieu to Mumbai
Weathermen also said that the city can expect the dry weather to continue now but there is still some time for weather patterns to completely shiftmumbai Updated: Oct 14, 2016 19:48 IST
After more than a week since the last heavy showers, the monsoon has withdrawn from Mumbai. On Friday, the weather bureau announced that the south-west monsoon has ended.
The suburbs (Santacruz weather station) received 23% more rain than usual and the city (Colaba) got 18% more rain that the annual average.
While the official four-month monsoon cycle was completed on September 30, owing to shift in larger weather systems in different parts of the world, the monsoon season started on June 20 and ended by October 14 this year.
“Since dry weather has been persisting for some time and there has been a mild fluctuation in maximum temperatures, monsoon has been withdrawn from Mumbai,” said VK Rajeev, director, western region, India Meteorological Department. “Currently, there is a change wind patterns from westerly to north-easterly that automatically goes to show the shift in seasons.”
Weathermen also said that the city can expect the dry weather to continue now but there is still some time for weather patterns to completely shift.
“The last rains in Mumbai are over but the monsoon is a much larger phenomenon that slowly retreats along a line across the country. That line is currently still north of Mumbai. However, if we just talk about monsoon as a rain system it has withdrawn from Mumbai but it still persists as far as winds are concerned,” said Biswajit Mukhopadhyay, additional director general, IMD. “The system is likely to completely move away over the weekend.”
Even after the southwest monsoon set in 10 days late this year at June 20, the season saw a power packed performance with excess rainfall and several records broken this year. While 23% excess rain was recorded at the Santacruz weather station (representative of the suburbs and Mumbai), 18% excess rain was seen at Colaba weather station (representative of south Mumbai) and more than 6% excess rain for Maharashtra.
While day and night temperatures were close to the normal mark in Mumbai, weathermen predicted a partly cloudy sky over the city for the weekend.