After a brief dry spell, the city experienced rain again over the course of Wednesday and Thursday. According to data from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the Santacruz station recorded 15.7mm of rainfall, while the station at Colaba recorded 24.6mm of rainfall until 7.30pm on Thursday.
Since Wednesday, when the wet spell began, Colaba recorded 61.2mm of rainfall and Santacruz recorded 37.8mm of rainfall.
“We are getting rainfall because of the south westerly winds,” said VK Rajeev, director, western region, IMD. “We receive showers whenever the westerly winds get strengthened.”
He ruled out other factors that had caused last week’s rainfall, with the offshore trough staying inactive and the monsoon trough in the normal position. “The rainfall has more or less stopped now,” said Rajeev. “We don’t expect any further rainfall.”
The rainy spell ensured pleasant temperatures in the city on Thursday, with Colaba recording a maximum temperature of 29 degrees Celsius and Santacruz a maximum temperature of 28.3 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature recorded at Colaba was 23.1 degrees Celsius and at Santacruz was 24 degrees Celsius. Relative humidity was high on Thursday, at 95%.
This season Colaba has already received 2,103.5mm of rainfall, which is 419.4mm more than the seasonal average. The suburbs have so far had more rainfall, with Santacruz recording 2,269.4mm to date, or 451mm above the normal.