For a fifth-day-in-a-row, Mumbaiites woke up to a thick cloud cover, gusty winds and heavy rain, as reported from various parts of the city on Thursday.
The continuous downpour has led to waterlogging in several areas, local trains running late, delay in flights and many schools remaining closed.
A day after the Santacruz weather station, representative of Mumbai, recorded the highest 24-hour September rainfall between Tuesday and Wednesday, both south Mumbai and the suburbs recorded three digit rainfall figures in the last 24 hours.
South Mumbai received more rain than the suburbs in the last 24 hours. Between 8.30am on Wednesday and 8.30am on Thursday, the Colaba weather station recorded more rainfall at 145.8mm as compared to 104.1mm at Santacruz.
Under the IMD’s new classification, 15.6mm to 64.4mm rain is considered moderate, 64.5mm to 115.5mm is heavy, 115.6mm to 204.4mm is very heavy and more than 204.5mm — extreme.
Between Tuesday and Wednesday, Santacruz recorded 142.6mm rain while Colaba recorded only 37.4mm. The highest 24-hour rainfall figure for September in the past 10 years was recorded on September 4, 2012 at 185.2 mm. However, the all-time high record was observed on September 23, 1981 at 318.2mm.
Weathermen predicted intermittent showers with a few heavy to very heavy spells over Mumbai for the rest of Thursday and Friday. “Along with the active monsoon current along the western and eastern coast that is drawing moisture over Konkan, including Mumbai, there is an upper air cyclonic circulation over Saurashtra and the south Gujarat region that has led to intense rain,” said KS Hosalikar, deputy director-general, western region, India Meteorological Department. “We expect the intensity of rain to decrease but sporadic spells to continue for the next 48 hours from Thursday.”
After surpassing the monthly average on Monday, the city recorded 423 mm rainfall against its monthly average of 312.3 mm till Thursday morning, which was over a 100 mm rain more than usual. With over a week left in the month of September, the city is expected to surpass the 500mm rainfall mark.
Meanwhile, day temperatures were 5 degree Celsius below normal and night temperatures were 2 degree Celsius below normal on Thursday morning.
Konkan coast records maximum rain
Between Wednesday and Thursday, Harnai in Ratnagiri district recorded the maximum rainfall at 218.9mm. A day after Dahanu recorded its all-time high rainfall figures at 528.6mm, levels dropped to 111.5mm on Thursday. Other areas such as Mahabaleshwar recorded 106.2mm, Alibaug 72.8mm, Ratnagiri 38.9mm and some areas in Marathwada recorded levels above 40mm.