Mumbaiites may need to shield themselves from the sun for at least another 48 hours. According to the weather bureau, the city can expect two more dry days as the monsoon winds are still weak.
“The offshore trough is stretching between the south Konkan and Kerala region and has not affected the monsoon system in the Arabian Sea. The conditions might be favourable after 72 hours,” said NY Apte, deputy director general, India Meteorological Department (IMD), western region.
“The strong pressure gradient that brought rainfall last weekend is missing. Although the west coast has not received rainfall, the northern limit of the monsoon has covered parts of Uttar Pradesh and eastern India,” Apte added.
Apart from sporadic showers, the city has not received normal monsoon rainfall since last Sunday, when it rained 31mm in Colaba and 33.2mm in the suburbs. The weather stations at Colaba and Santacruz did not receive any rainfall.
The maximum temperature recorded in Colaba was 33.8 degree Celsius and minimum temperature was 27.4 degree Celsius. In the suburbs, the maximum rainfall was 33.3 degree Celsius while the minimum temperature was 28.4 degree Celsius.
“The westerly winds that aid the monsoon system have weakened. The monsoon systems in the Bay of Bengal have dissipated further contributing to weakening of monsoon winds,” said VK Rajeev, director, IMD, western region.