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Skies clear for Eid, Ganesh Chaturthi

mumbai Updated: Sep 10, 2010 01:41 IST
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After three days of intermittent spells, rain is not likely to play spoilsport for the upcoming festivals of Eid and Ganesh Chaturthi.

Weathermen have predicted clear skies by Friday afternoon. This is because the low pressure area in Vidarbha has moved to adjoining Rajasthan and south Gujarat.

Till 9.30 pm, Colaba received 60 mm rain, and Santacruz received 60.5 mm.

"Mumbaiites can enjoy their festivals," said R.V. Sharma, deputy director general, western region, India Meteorological Department (IMD).

"It's only when low pressure area from the Bay of Bengal moves to the West, that Mumbai gets good rainfall."

This year, the city recorded a 50-year high in rainfall figures.

Since June 1, Colaba has received 3123.1 mm rain and there has been 3199.6 mm rainfall in Santacruz.

However, withdrawal of the monsoon for the city is still a good one month away.

Officials at the India Meteorological Department said that unless monsoon withdraws from the North, there would be no respite for Mumbai.

"Till then, moisture content will be there. Usually, the monsoon withdrawal in north India starts from mid September. So for Mumbai, it will start in the first week of October," said Sharma.