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Heavy overnight rain in South Mumbai, but no water logging, local trains are running on time

Mumbai city news: Fishermen are still being warned not to venture into the waters as strong winds continue over the Arabian sea

mumbai Updated: Jun 26, 2017 11:34 IST
Badri Chatterjee
Badri Chatterjee
Hindustan Times
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Children splash about at Hindamata in Mumbai.(Kunal Patil/HT)

Mumbaiites awoke to wet conditions on Monday after heavy overnight rain lashed the city for a second day in a row. However, as today is a holiday on account of Eid, roads are clear and there are no reports of traffic jams or disruptions so far. Local trains are running smoothly, with no reports of water logging, unlike the previous day.

The weather station at Colaba, representative of south Mumbai, recorded 84 mm rain between Sunday night and Monday morning. Santacruz, representative of the suburbs, recorded 52.4 mm rain during the same time.

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 weather bureau said overnight rainfall in Mumbai was one of the highest in Maharashtra as locations such as Ratnagiri and Pune recorded 17mm and 9mm during the same time.

On Sunday, the weather department had predicted heavy to very heavy rain along the Konkan coast, including Mumbai, with some locations likely to receive extremely heavy rain. On Monday, the weather department revised its forecast, saying intermittent showers were likely to occur on Monday and Tuesday with heavy rain likely in some areas.

“An offshore trough that persists from the Gujarat coast all the way to the Kerala coast has intensified the southwest monsoon over the state’s coastline,” said KS Hosalikar, deputy director general, western region, India Meteorological Department (IMD). “This is leading to moisture incursions and allowing tall cloud formation. Heavy to very heavy rain is likely to continue,” he said.

Humidity levels on Monday morning were high. Colaba and Santacruz recorded 92% and 85% humidity — almost 10% above normal.

Owing to the cooling showers, day and night temperatures were below average. While the day temperature was 5 degrees Celsius below normal, the night temperature was 4 degrees Celsius below normal.

Heavy rain over the weekend helped Mumbai bridge the gap between the amount of rainfall the city has received and the average for the month of June.

Since June 1 till 8.30am Monday, Santacruz recorded 325.7mm rain, 85mm below normal and Colaba recorded 340.1mm, 111.3 mm below normal.The average rainfall for Mumbai in June is 523.1 mm.

Fishermen are still being warned not to venture into the waters as strong winds continue over the Arabian sea, said the weather bureau.

First Published: Jun 26, 2017 11:09 IST