It was hot and sultry until 5 am on Friday but there were sporadic showers, lightning and thunder in certain parts of the city.
Colaba recorded 1.4 mm of rainfall while the suburbs received slightly more at 3.1 mm. The temperature dipped by nearly 2 degrees Celsius.
This phenomenon of hot days and cool evenings described as ‘withdrawal symptoms’ by weathermen is expected to continue for the next 10 days. By then, rain clouds are likely to leave the city skies.
“The receding monsoon had reached Delhi. It is expected to leave Mumbai by October 12,” said RV Sharma, deputy director (western region), Indian Meterological Department.
Four minor accidents were reported on the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro rail site on Friday.
Although nobody was injured, many vehicles were damaged as the barricades at the site flew in the wind and landed on moving vehicles below. “Around 5 pm while I was driving my Mercedes near Seven Bungalows bus depot when a barricade came flying and landed on the right rear side of my car window, shattering its,” said Sanjita Sharma, a Versova resident.
“To our knowledge nothing has happened, but we have sent engineers to the site,” said a spokesperson for Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd. “Being a holiday, no worker was at the site.”
Heavy rain ruins weekend in Goa
Powai resident R Gautam (28) spent 11 hours at Goa’s Dabolim airport on Friday. Many fliers were held up in Goa as heavy rains shut the airport for five hours. “I was left without food or water,” said the businessman.
“We shut operations from 1.30 pm to 6 pm,” said Paul Manickan, airport director, Goa.
Chaos reigned on the Mumbai-Goa highway. Gautam’s friends were stranded after their bus broke down in Ratnagiri. The weather could be a dampener for those away on a long weekend. Heavy rain is likely to continue for two days. The Indian Meteorological Department has predicted heavy rainfall at certain places with very heavy fall at isolated places in next 24 hours.