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Monsoon to revive from August 18 in Mumbai, say weathermen

According to the weather bureau, the state recorded 584mm rain since the beginning of the monsoon season (June 1), as compared to the normal (658mm) till Friday, which means the state is rain deficient by 11%.

mumbai Updated: Aug 12, 2017 00:30 IST
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Officials from the weather department said weather systems have indicated a revival from next Friday onwards.
Officials from the weather department said weather systems have indicated a revival from next Friday onwards. (HT)

With hardly any rainfall since the beginning of the month, both day and night temperatures in Mumbai have risen well above the normal mark. However, the weather bureau predicted that the city can expect heavy to very heavy rain from August 18 onwards.

According to the weather bureau, the state recorded 584mm rain since the beginning of the monsoon season (June 1), as compared to the normal (658mm) till Friday, which means the state is rain deficient by 11%.

Mumbai is 23% rain deficient with 1130mm rain from June to Friday, as against a normal of 1471mm. While all of the Konkan coast is 4% rain deficient, Marathwada and Vidarbha are 30% and 27% short of covering their average rainfall till Friday. Central Maharashtra, on the other hand, recorded surplus rain at 5% till Friday from the beginning of the season.

Officials from the weather department said weather systems have indicated a revival from next Friday onwards. “The monsoon pulse has not been active because there were hardly any weather systems over the southern and central peninsular over the past 15 days,” said Sunita Devi, director, India Meteorological Department (IMD), Pune. “Weather models have indicated the presence of weather systems, south of the Himalayan belt, and the formation of anti-cyclonic circulations in the Arabian Sea that will draw moisture and pave way for heavy rain from August 18 onwards for Mumbai and surrounding areas.”

Since the beginning of this month, the city recorded just 52mm rain, which is 130mm below normal. South Mumbai is rain deficient at 341mm below normal. Scarce rainfall levels have led to a rise in day temperatures across the city. While the Santacruz weather station recorded the maximum temperature at 31.9 degrees Celsius, 2.2 degree Celsius above normal, 32.2 degrees Celsius was recorded at south Mumbai, which was almost 3 degrees Celsius above normal.

While minimum temperatures were close to the normal mark, humidity levels were at 72% across Mumbai. Santacruz and Colaba recorded 0.7mm and 0.6mm rain between 8.30am and 5.30pm. A few spells of rain has been predicted over the weekend.