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Mumbai crosses average rainfall for July after 10 days of heavy showers

As against the month’s average of 799.7mm, the city recorded 838.6mm till 8.30am on Sunday

mumbai Updated: Jul 24, 2017 09:15 IST
Badri Chatterjee
Badri Chatterjee
Hindustan Times
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People enjoy the high tide at Marine Drive in Mumbai on Sunday. (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

Mumbai surpassed its average rain for July on Sunday with a week still left for the month to end.

As against the month’s average of 799.7mm, the city recorded 838.6mm till 8.30am on Sunday. Officials from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) confirmed that the Santacruz weather station, representative of Mumbai, had surpassed the monthly average.

Officials said that majority of the rainfall was received over the last 10 days with Mumbai recording 451.4mm rain between July 13 and July 23. “For the weather department, the figures recorded at Santacruz weather station represent the overall Mumbai figure. While Colaba, representative of south Mumbai, is rain-deficient, Santacruz is not,” said KS Hosalikar, deputy director-general, western region, IMD.

Colaba recorded 481.7mm in July so far.

Since June 1, Santacruz recorded 1361.8mm till Sunday morning, which is 205mm above normal but Colaba recorded 1040.7mm, which is 78mm below normal. “The rainfall has a skewed kind of distribution. It does not follow a uniform pattern for even a few kilometres. The distribution is dramatically uneven across separate locations within one city most of the time,” said Hosalikar.

On Sunday, the city received traces of rainfall, both in the suburbs and south Mumbai. Between 8.30am Saturday and 8.30am Sunday, Santacruz recorded 28.4mm rain while 29.2mm was recorded at Colaba.

The weather department said rainfall was expected to further reduce not only in Mumbai but across the state through the rest of the week. “The well-marked low pressure area has moved north-west of Rajasthan and away from the Maharashtra coastline. The offshore trough is the only weather system that will give some rain over the Konkan coast, including Mumbai in the coming days,” said Hosalikar adding that the city could expect a few spells of rain on Monday and Tuesday.

Meanwhile, day temperatures were closer to normal in Mumbai on Sunday but the night temperature at the suburbs was a degree Celsius below normal. It was close to normal at south Mumbai.

First Published: Jul 24, 2017 09:15 IST