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Mumbai records highest 24-hour rainfall in June in a decade

mumbai Updated: Jun 19, 2015 12:53 IST
Badri Chatterjee


Mumbai witnessed the highest 24-hour rainfall in a decade for June on Friday.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), suburbs received 283.4mm rain while south Mumbai recorded 208.8mm rain between 8.30am on Thursday and 8.30am on Friday .

The all-time high 24-hour rainfall data for the month of June was recorded on June 10, 1991 at 399mm rain.

Officials from the IMD said that the current rainfall pattern falls under the ‘extreme’ category for Mumbai, Konkan areas and Goa and that the current weather pattern would continue for the next two days with isolated spells of very heavy rain across the city.

Between 8.30am and 11.30am on Friday, south Mumbai and the suburbs recorded 22.4mm and 36.4 mm rain respectively.

KS Hosalikar, deputy director general, western region, IMD said, “There are three particular reasons due to which such weather conditions have prevailed. The current offshore trough is very strong, bringing in such dense clouds. There is an upper-air circulation taking place close to the Gujarat coast and there is also a system over the Bay of Bengal, resulting in extremely heavy rainfall over the whole state of Maharashtra.”

Hosalikar added that the current weather pattern initiated over south Konkan on Thursday evening and has picked up ever since.

However, day temperatures in the city continued to be 4 degree Celsius below normal with south Mumbai and the suburbs recording 27.2 degree Celsius and 27.6 degree Celsius respectively on Friday morning.

Minimum temperatures in the city, however, remained in tandem with previous days, recorded almost 2 degree Celsius below normal. Night temperatures recorded in South Mumbai was 24.8 degree Celsius, 1.2 degree Celsius below normal while the suburbs recorded 24.2 degree Celsius, 2 degree Celsius below normal on Friday morning.

Weathermen have predicted that intermittent rainfall would occur in the city and suburbs, where isolated spells of heavy rainfall might occur for the next 48 hours in the city. The forecast included maximum and minimum temperatures of 29 degree Celsius and 24 degree Celsius respectively for the rest of Friday till Saturday morning.

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