Mumbai’s rain status: Second highest in June in 10 years

  • Badri Chatterjee, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jun 23, 2015 15:52 IST

In the first two weeks since the onset of the monsoon, the city has received 950mm -- the second highest rainfall received in June in a decade. The highest for the decade was 1029.8mm received in June 2013. The all-time high record is 1037.1mm, which was received in June 1971.

Fewer spells compared to the weekend, however, gave the much-needed relief to commuters on Monday. Colaba recorded 4.9mm, while Sanatcruz received 4.2mm between 8.30am and 5.30pm on Monday.

IMD officials said the 24-hour average rainfall between 8.30am on Sunday and 8.30am on Monday was 92.9mm for the suburbs and 65.2mm in south Mumbai.

Officials from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the intensity of the factors inducing rain has reduced. “The off-shore trough that was inducing rain has condensed, while the depression over the Bay of Bengal moved over Orissa on Sunday,” said VK Rajeev, director, western region, IMD.

Currently, there are not many clouds over the coast of Maharashtra and the southwest monsoon has advanced to the north. “We expect currents and winds to bring along a lot of moisture over Mumbai again, as the monsoon progresses,” said KS Hosalikar, deputy director general, western region, IMD.

Humidity levels dropped to 89% and 76% in Colaba and south Mumbai respectively on Monday.

Maximum temperatures in south Mumbai and the suburbs increased on Monday. The day temperatures at Colaba and Santacruz were 29.6 degrees Celsius and 31.4 degree Celsius respectively.

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