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After Sunday’s break, brace for heavy rain through the week in Mumbai, says IMD

Mumbai city news: After two days of heavy showers, Mumbai witnessed a lull in rainfall on Sunday.

mumbai Updated: Jul 17, 2017 11:20 IST
Badri Chatterjee
Badri Chatterjee
Hindustan Times

Although the city did not receive good rain during the first week of July, heavy rain over the past three days has pushed the total rainfall levels to 884mm till Sunday, which is 67mm below normal.

After two days of heavy showers, Mumbai witnessed a lull in rainfall on Sunday. “Heavy to very heavy rain is expected through the week from Monday onwards, and it should bridge the gap between the current rainfall levels and the normal,” said KS Hosalikar, deputy director general, western region, India Meteorological Department (IMD).

On Sunday, Santacruz recorded 2.5mm of rain while Colaba registered only 0.2mm of rain. However, between 8.30am on Saturday and 8.30am on Sunday, 73mm of rain was recorded at the suburbs while 7.2mm rain was recorded at south Mumbai. Mahabaleshwar and Matheran recorded the maximum rain in the state with 55mm and 17mm till 5.30pm on Sunday. Dahanu was a close third with 15mm of rain.

The day temperature at Santacruz and Colaba was recorded at 30.6 degrees Celsius on Sunday, which was almost a degree Celsius above normal. The night temperature, on the other hand, was 2 degrees Celsius below normal in the suburbs (23 degrees Celsius) and 1.4 degree Celsius below normal at south Mumbai (26.5 degrees Celsius

Meanwhile, the Konkan coast and central Maharashtra received 4% and 12% excess rain from the beginning of the monsoon until Sunday. However, Marathwada and Vidarbha continued to be rain deficient at 6% and 26%, which is a cause for concern, the weather bureau said.

Taking stock of rainfall in the state, the weather bureau released their seasonal update on Sunday and said that the southwest monsoon had had a moderate run. While locations such as Harnai in north Konkan is 1,114mm above normal and just 30mm short of completing its annual average, locations such as Nanded and Latur in Marathwada, and Akola in Vidarbha, are 167mm and 62 mm short of the normal.

Officials from the weather bureau said active weather systems were expected over the rest of the month. “The monsoon situation is satisfactory for most parts in the state, but rain deficiency over Vidarbha and Marathwada is a cause for concern,” said Hosalikar. “After weather systems such as an off-shore trough and low pressure areas over Gujarat and Rajasthan, a weather system in the form of an upper-air circulation is developing over the Bay of Bengal. This may bring relief to rain deficient parts soon.”

First Published: Jul 17, 2017 00:47 IST

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