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Grab your umbrellas, heavy rains lashed Mumbai overnight, are set to continue today

Mumbai city news: The Konkan coast, including Mumbai and Pune, recorded heavy overnight rain, said officials from the weather department

mumbai Updated: Jul 17, 2017 14:45 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Colourful umbrellas dot the landscape at Vashi.(Satyabrata Tripathi)

Mumbaiites awoke to heavy rain as showers continued on Monday. While the Colaba weather station, representative of south Mumbai, recorded 64.2mm rain, the Santacruz weather station, representative of the suburbs, recorded 46mm rain, between 8.30pm Sunday and 8.30am Monday.

Under the weather department’s classification, 15.6mm to 64.4mm of rain is considered ‘moderate’, 64.5mm to 115.5mm is ‘heavy’, 115.6mm to 204.4mm is ‘very heavy’ and more than 204.5mm is ‘extreme’.

The rains narrowed the gap between the actual and average rainfall levels in Mumbai. The city has received 941.8mm rain since June 1, while the average till July 17 is 989mm.

The Konkan coast, including Mumbai and Pune, recorded heavy overnight rain, said officials from the weather department. “The north Konkan coast has witnessed widespread overnight showers, with 76% to 100% stations recording heavy rain. We expect this continue through the week,” said KS Hosalikar, deputy director general, western region, India Meteorological Department.

A woman makes her way through the downpour at Vash. (Satyabrata Tripathi)

“Active monsoon conditions are being channelled through an upper air circulation over the Bay of Bengal, off-shore trough over the west coast and a well-marked low pressure area over Gujarat and Rajasthan, all pulling a lot of moisture from the Arabian Sea.”

The rain brought down temperatures, with the mercury almost 3 degrees Celsius below normal at 8.30 am. While Colaba recorded 24.5 degrees Celsius, 23 degrees Celsius was recorded at Santacruz.

Hosalikar said several areas in Marathwada, Vidarbha and central Maharashtra also received heavy overnight rain.

HT reported on Monday that the Konkan coast and central Maharashtra received 4% and 12% excess rain till July 16 since the beginning of the monsoon. However, Marathwada and Vidarbha continue to be rain-deficient at 6% and 26%, which is a cause for concern, the weather bureau said.

First Published: Jul 17, 2017 11:19 IST