The rains are going to stay away for a few more days, said the weather department officials on Thursday. Fresh monsoon currents were required to break the dry spell that’s been over Mumbai for about a week, they added.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the dull monsoon is likely to revive in the next two to three days. “There was a deep depression in the Bay of Bengal that moved over Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and has started weakening now,” said R V Sharma, deputy director general, western region, IMD. “With this, there will be renewal of monsoon activity now.”On Thursday, while Colaba received negligible rain, Santacruz recorded 4.9mm rain. Over the last 24 hours, Colaba and Santacruz received 1.7mm and 2.4mm rainfall respectively.
No rain and clear skies also resulted in a rise in temperature and humidity during the day. On Thursday, the maximum temperature was one degree above normal at 33 degree Celsius in south Mumbai and 32.4 degree Celsius in the suburbs with 76% humidity at both weather stations. Minimum temperatures also saw a slight rise with Colaba recording 28 degree Celsius while it was a few degrees lower at Santacruz at 26.8 degree Celsius.
The IMD has forecast few spells of rain or showers on Friday. “The wind pattern and other synoptic features that support a good monsoon have been absent. And hence there has been no rain in the city,” said Sharma.
Since June 1, south Mumbai has received 436.6mm rainfall while it has rained 607.1mm in the suburbs.