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86mm rainfall in 12 hours; expect very heavy rain today

mumbaipaper Updated: Jul 03, 2016, 12:19 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent

MUMBAI: Heavy rains lashed the city for a second consecutive day on Saturday bringing Mumbai to a standstill with traffic congestion and waterlogging reported from various locations.

Weather men said that the Konkan coast including Mumbai can expect heavy to very heavy rain on Sunday and Monday.

Between 8.30am to 8.30pm on Saturday, the Santacruz weather station recorded 86mm rain and Colaba recorded 36.2mm. Under the IMD’s new classification, 15.6mm to 64.4mm of rain is ‘moderate’, 64.5mm to 115.5mm is ‘heavy’, 115.6mm to 204.4mm is ‘ very heavy’ and more t han 204.5mm is ‘extreme’.

Over the last 24 hours, between 8.30am Friday and 8.30am Saturday, Santacruz and Colaba recorded 77mm and 60.8mm rain. At 77mm, private weather-forecasting agency, Skymet ranked Mumbai as the tenth wettest city in the last 24 hours across the central and southern parts of the country.

“Six of the top ten wettest cities have been identified from Maharashtra with Harnai, Raigad district recording the maximum rain at 251.2mm followed by cities like Mahabaleshwar, Vengurla, Dahanu and Ratnagiri,” said GP Sharma, vice-president, meteorology, Skymet.

“A strong low pressure area over the Bay of Bengal has allowed winds to pick up speed over the western coast and has intensified a deep offshore trough extending from south Gujarat to Kerala. This will result in widespread rain for the Konkan coast, which means 76-100% rain at most weather stations in t he area,” said an official from the Regional Meteorological Centre, Mumbai of the India Meteorological Department.

On Saturday, the maximum temperature at Santacruz was 27.2 degrees Celsius, 3 degree Celsius below nor mal and Colaba recorded 28 degrees Celsius, 2 degree Celsius below normal. However, minimum temperatures were recorded closer to normal levels.

Moisture levels were high as Santacruz and Colaba recorded 95% and 92% humidity.

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