After Thursday’s pre-monsoon showers, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast cloudy skies with rain or thundershowers in some areas for Friday.
“Pre-monsoon showers are an evening phenomenon. The high temperature and humidity during the day results in cloud formation during the late afternoon, which is followed by showers in the evening,” said VK Rajeev, director, western region, IMD.
But there will be no respite from the heat with maximum temperatures continuing to remain at 36 degree Celsius and minimum temperatures at 28 degree Celsius. “The wind coming from the sea is bringing moisture thereby increasing humidity levels,” said Rajeev.
On Thursday, the humidity level at Colaba was 76% while it was 63% at Santacruz. The maximum and minimum temperatures at both places were 35 degree Celsius and 29 degree Celsius respectively.
For Mumbaiites, however, the pre-monsoon showers have come as a respite from the heat. “After witnessing drizzles yesterday, today’s shower and lightning felt so good,” said Sunil Shah, a Kandivli resident.
But, for others, the showers meant trouble. “There was ankle-high water in Malad. The traffic was so bad that it took me 35 minutes to reach home,” said Dimple Mehra, a Goregaon resident.
The Central Railway (CR), which also saw disruption of train services in the evening around 6.30pm, caused inconvenience to many Mumbaiites returning home from work. A CR official said: “Such problems are bound to happen during the first showers, but services were back to normal around 7.35pm.”
“The power surge was rectified at 7.09pm. Trains were running late by 20-30 minutes,” said AK Singh, PRO, CR.