Few spells of rain over the city are likely to continue for a day or two, said weathermen who attributed the unusually low 27mm rain in south Mumbai and 11.9mm rain in the suburbs on Wednesday to weak monsoon currents. But humidity levels are not likely to fall, say experts.
Between Tuesday 8.30am and Wednesday 8.30am, it rained 4.5mm in Colaba while it rained 5.5mm in Santacruz.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast few spells of rain or heavy shower on Thursday.
“There is no strong monsoon system that will result in rain; monsoon currents have to get re-activated. The upper air cyclonic circulation has also moved away from south Gujarat,” said VK Rajeev, director, western region, IMD.
Scant rains, however, were not accompanied with any rise in temperature. The maximum temperature was 30.2 degree Celsius in Colaba and 31.6 degree Celsius in Santacruz. Minimum temperature at Colaba and Santacruz was 26.1degree Celsius and 25.2 degree Celsius respectively.
Humidity levels were high with 85% recorded in Colaba and 79% in Santacruz. “Humidity will stay high throughout the monsoon season because westerly and southwesterly winds coming from sea bring a lot of moisture.”
Since June 1, south Mumbai has received 319.3mm rain while it has rained 348.9mm in the suburbs.
Across the state, the monsoon has been 36.6% below average, till date, since June 1. Between June 1 and June 10, 177 out of 355 talukas received more than 100% rainfall while 68 talukas received 75% to 100% rain. It rained between 50% to 75% in 56 talukas, 25% to 50% in 29 talukas and below 25% in 25 talukas.