Your wait for the elusive showers may end soon. Scientists from the meteorological department said on Sunday Mumbai and surrounding areas along the Konkan coast are likely to receive isolated to heavy rain in the next few days, owing to specific change in weather patterns.
Ajay Kumar, scientist, India Meteorological Department (IMD) said, “A low pressure gradient over northern Madhya Pradesh adjoining Uttar Pradesh has begun moving westwards as result of strong winds. Over the next few days, we expect widespread rainfall in the Konkan and Goa region.”
Cloudy skies and minimum sunlight ensured that the city and suburbs received 0.2mm rain in south Mumbai and 0.1mm of rain in the suburbs on Sunday.
According to IMD’s 24-hour rainfall data, between 8.30am Saturday and 8.30am Sunday, Colaba received only 0.8mm of rain, while Santacruz received 5.1mm of rain.
Owing to cloudy skies, moisture levels increased in the city and suburbs. Colaba and Santacruz recorded 88% and 74% humidity respectively on Sunday.
Day temperatures were 1.7 degree Celsius above normal both in Colaba and Sanctacruz on Sunday, with both places recording 31.4 degrees Celsius and 31.6 degrees Celsius respectively.
Night temperatures in south Mumbai, on the other hand, were similar to previous days, while the suburbs recorded a slight drop. Colaba recorded a minimum temperature of 26.8 degrees Celsius, 1.7 degrees Celsius above normal and Santacruz recorded 26.2 degrees Celsius, a little more than a degree above normal.
“There has been a reverse effect from last year as there was much more rain in July last year and less in June. This year, we can see exactly the opposite. The reason is that weather systems are subject to change with regard to global circulation,” said Kumar.
Weathermen have predicted occasional spells of rain or showers in the city and suburbs in the next 24 hours, with maximum and minimum temperatures of 31 degrees Celsius and 26 degrees Celsius respectively for Monday.
“Heavy rainfall has been predicted for the next two days. Winds will be westerly to south westerly, with speeds of 45-50km/hr. Sea will be rough with winds over 70kmph. Fishermen are advised not to go out,” said KS Hosalikar, deputy director general, western region, IMD.