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Mumbai gets 127mm of rain in 12 hours, highest in three years

Mumbai city news: Till 11.30pm on July 17, the city recorded 139.8mm — the highest July rain in three years

mumbai Updated: Jul 18, 2017 01:22 IST
Badri Chatterjee
Badri Chatterjee
Hindustan Times
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A biker tries to make his way through a waterlogged street at Kings Circle on Monday.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

The city recorded 126.6mm rain in just 12 hours (8.30am and 8.30pm) on Monday — a record as the 12-hour rainfall figure surpassed the highest 24-hour rain levels for July over the past two years.

Till 11.30pm on Monday, the city recorded 139.8mm — the highest July rain in three years.

Mumbaiites woke up to heavy rain on Monday. Between 8.30am and 11.30pm, the Santacruz weather station, representative of the suburbs, recorded 139.8mm rain. The Colaba weather station, representative of south Mumbai, recorded 48.6mm rain.

A pedestrian looks disgusted as she makes her way across a flooded street in Kurla. (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

In 2016, the highest 24-hour rainfall was on July 30 at 114.5mm; in 2015, it was 61mm on July 21. In 2014 however, the city recorded 207.2mm of rain on July 3 and 215.6mm on July 24, 2013. The all-time record for 24-hour rainfall is 285.6mm recorded in July 1986.

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The suburbs and south Mumbai also saw heavy overnight rain between Sunday and Monday. Colaba recorded 64.2mm rain and Santacruz recorded 46mm rain between 8.30pm on Sunday and 8.30am on Monday.

The north Konkan region got the most rain in the state on Monday. Till 5.30pm, Bhira recorded the highest rainfall at 89mm, followed by Mahabaleshwar (83mm), Alibaug (82mm), Harnai (65mm), Thane (30mm) and Ratnagiri (20mm).

A massive traffic jam on the Andheri Sahar Road on Monday. (Pramod Thakur/HT PHOTO)

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

The rain also helped bring down temperatures, which fell 2 degrees Celsius below normal. Colaba recorded a night temperature of 24.5°C (0.6° below normal). At Santacruz, the minimum temperature was 23° Celsius (2.1° below normal). Hosalikar said several areas in Marathwada, Vidarbha and central Maharashtra also received heavy overnight rain. HT reported on Monday the Konkan coast and central Maharashtra received excess rain till July 16. But Marathwada and Vidarbha continue to get lower rain, a cause for concern.

First Published: Jul 18, 2017 01:22 IST