Twelve days into the month and the city has already received more than seven times the average rainfall it receives till June 12.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), between June 1 and June 12, Mumbai received 797.6mm rainfall. The average rainfall for the city during this period is 109mm.
IMD officials said the early onset of monsoon in Mumbai has led to the rainfall figure crossing the average mark. This year, the monsoon arrived on June 5, five days before its scheduled date of June 10.
“Normally a week before the onset date, it rains very little. But the early arrival of the season this year has accounted for the large amount of rain,” said VK Rajeev, director, western region, IMD.
On Saturday, the city received the highest rainfall since the onset of monsoon with south Mumbai receiving 102.2mm rain and the suburbs getting 181mm. On Sunday, the city witnessed sporadic heavy showers in different parts of the city such as Grant Road, Dadar, Santacruz, Andheri, King Circle, Mulund and Goregaon. The suburbs recorded more rain at 28.8mm compared to south Mumbai that received just 12.2mm rain through the day.
Weather bureau officials said the low-pressure area off the Maharashtra-Goa coast has intensified to become a depression. “The well marked low pressure area that concentrated into a depression has crossed Saurashtra coast. The system will further move north-westward and gradually weaken,” said Rajeev. The weather continued to be pleasant with a maximum temperature of 31 degree Celsius in Colaba and 28.8 degree Celsius in Santacruz.