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Heavy spells expected: IMD

From 8 am to 8 pm on Wednesday, the city received an average of 97.4 mm of rainfall. Chincholi in Malad received the maximum rainfall of 114.2 mm.

mumbai Updated: Jul 05, 2012 01:26 IST
Nikhil M Ghanekar

From 8 am to 8 pm on Wednesday, the city received an average of 97.4 mm of rainfall. Chincholi in Malad received the maximum rainfall of 114.2 mm.

Weather bureau officials say more heavy spells are expected this week, to help the city make up for the rainfall deficit in June. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), normal rainfall in the city in June should have been 665 mm, but , the Island city received only 309.8 mm of rainfall while the suburbs received 425.9 mm.

VK Rajeev, director, IMD, western region, said, “The monsoon arrived an entire week late. A typhoon in the Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea had sucked all the moisture from the winds and pressure systems that aid India’s monsoon, and the westerlies were weak in June. Usually, a high pressure area in the southern hemisphere is instrumental in activating monsoon in the Indian sub-continent but this time they were a major impediment.”

In the next 48 hours, the Met department expects the city to receive intermittent rainfall and one or two heavy spells.