A day after Mumbai witnessed light showers, overnight downpour brought July’s total rainfall to a mere 3mm short of its average. The city, till Friday morning, recorded 796.3mm as against 799.8mm as the average rainfall for July. The heavy rain led to waterlogged roads and trains running late.
Between 8.30am Thursday and 8.30am Friday, both the suburbs and South Mumbai recorded heavy rain. The Santacruz weather station recorded 110.4mm rain and Colaba recorded 65.8mm rain.
Under the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) new classification, 15.6mm to 64.4mm of rain is ‘moderate’ 64.5mm to 115.5mm is ‘heavy’, 115.6mm to 204.4mm is ‘very heavy’ More than 204.5mm is ‘extreme’.
“There are two upper air cyclonic circulations - one over Rajasthan and East Madhya Pradesh and another over the South Konkan region. Both have been pulling a lot of moisture from the Arabian Sea and have a high wind-speed,” said Shubhangi Bhute, director, IMD Mumbai. “This has led to favourable circumstances for heavy rain across the state, which is likely to continue in sporadic spells.”
Weathermen have predicted intermittent showers over Mumbai with a few spells of isolated heavy to very heavy rain over the next two days.