In just the first five days of October, heavy rain over Mumbai saw the city go past its average rainfall for the month.
From October 1 till Wednesday 5.30 pm, the Santacruz weather station, representative of Mumbai, recorded 69.3mm rain as against the mean rainfall figure of 55.8mm for October. The weather observatory at Colaba too, representative of south Mumbai, recorded 61.4mm till Wednesday.
The city woke up to light showers on Wednesday morning, but there was a drop in the intensity of the rainfall. On Tuesday, the suburbs recorded heavy rain — 31mm — in just three hours, the weather bureau said.
The downpour and light overnight showers also saw Mumbai record its highest 24-hour October rainfall figures in the three years. Between 8.30 am on Tuesday and 8.30am on Wednesday, the city recorded 41.9mm rain. The highest 24-hour monthly rain in 2015 was 14.6mm, in 2014 was 18.4mm and in 2013 was 20.3mm. The highest 24-hour October rainfall figures for the decade was recorded in 2006 at 119.2 mm. Between 8.30am to 5.30pm on Wednesday the Santacruz weather station recorded 11mm and Colaba recorded 1.6mm.
The weather bureau on Wednesday said the city could expect a less rainfall the next two days, but heavy rain has been predicted for the north Konkan region, including Mumbai, from October 8.
“The upper air cyclonic circulation over north Konkan areas has moved northwards towards Gujarat. There will be a lull in rainfall levels till Friday,” said Shubhangi Bhute, director, Regional Meteorological Centre Mumbai, India Meteorological Department.
She added, “The weather is system has been predicted to return over north Konkan again over the weekend, and this will draw moisture from the Arabian Sea and bring heavy rain for Mumbai and its surrounding areas.”
Cloud cover kept temperatures low on Wednesday morning. Night temperatures were 2 degrees Celsius below normal.