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After dry spell, showers bring respite from heat

After almost a weeklong dry spell, city residents woke up to an overcast sky and light showers on Sunday.

mumbai Updated: Jun 25, 2012 00:59 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

After almost a weeklong dry spell, city residents woke up to an overcast sky and light showers on Sunday.

According to officials at the India Meteorological Department (IMD), weather systems that support the monsoon has activated. “The trough of the west coast has begun to get activated slightly. But it will take a day or two for the city to witness heavy showers when the trough strengthens,” said VK Rajeev, director, western region, IMD. “The trough is now stretching all along the coast from northern Maharashtra to south Kerala.”

On Sunday, residents in south Mumbai received 8mm rain while those in the suburbs received 8.2mm.

As per the 24-hour data by the IMD, between 8.30am Saturday to 8.30am Sunday, Santacruz received 26mm rain while Colaba recorded 44mm rain.

The weather bureau has forecast a few spells of rain and showers would occur in parts of the city and suburbs on Monday.

The rains brought with it a drop in temperatures accompanied by cool winds and a pleasant weather. The maximum temperature was 31.4 degree Celsius in south Mumbai while it was 31.8 degree Celsius in the suburbs –around 0.4 degree above normal. While the minimum temperature at Colaba was 25.3 degree Celsius, it was 25.5 degree Celsius at Santacruz (0.7 degree below normal at both weather stations).

However, four cases of tree falling were reported in the city, according to officials from the civic body’s disaster management cell. “Every year, the civic authorities promise to prune the trees before the onset of monsoon. But not much has changed,” said Nikhil Desai, member, Citizen's Forum of F-North Ward.

A branch of the Sonmohar tree located on the road facing Khalsa College, Matunga, fell on the pavement. “Last year similar incident took place at the same spot. Fortunately, nobody was injured. Why is the civic body not taking our pleas seriously?” asked Desai.

Since June 1, Colaba has received 116.4 mm rain while Santacruz has recorded 172.41mm.

First Published: Jun 25, 2012 00:57 IST