The rainfall recorded in July at the Santacruz weather station this year was the lowest in the past decade.
With 627.9 mm rainfall, this is first time in a decade that the city’s July rainfall was below average (834.1 mm).
July usually receives the highest rainfall in the monsoon season and the India Meteorological Department (IMD) considers rainfall recorded at the Santacruz weather station as indicative for the entire city.
“Since July is the wettest month during the monsoon, the sizeable rainfall deficiency in July certainly created problems. Even though the latter part of August has seen heavy rain days, it is difficult to usually make up for the absence of rain in July,” said NY Apte, deputy director-general, IMD
So far, the city is facing a rainfall deficit of 32% in the suburbs and 45.8% in south Mumbai. Due to the late onset of monsoon this year and lack of low-pressure systems over the Arabian Sea, the rainfall in July and June was deficient enough for the civic body to start 10% water cuts in the city.
Between 2002 and 1955, the city’s July rainfall was below average only during 16 years. The lowest rainfall in July was recorded in 2002 at 102.8 mm.
In Maharashtra, Marathwada division has the worst deficit, 41%, so far followed by central Maharashtra at 30%. The Konkan and Goa division, which includes Mumbai, has an overall deficit of 16%.