Mumbai, Thane & Palghar likely to get respite from rains this weekend
After a week-long rain spell, residents of Mumbai, Thane, and Palghar can expect some respite from the downpour this weekend.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has withdrawn the ‘orange’ alert and forecast light to moderate rains in the areas this weekend.
However, the weather bureau has put Raigad on ‘orange’ alert with a forecast of heavy to very heavy rains in isolated places.
IMD officials have attributed the decline in rains to the weakening of the deep depression over the Bay of Bengal off the north Odisha-West Bengal coast.
Further, due to its westward movement, rainfall activity is likely to increase over parts of the Konkan region. However, Mumbai and central Maharashtra are expected to see a reduction in rainfall in the next two days.
Mumbai and adjoining areas of Thane and Palghar received very light rain on Thursday. In Mumbai, IMD’s observatories in Santacruz and Colaba both recorded less than 1 mm rainfall in the 12 hour period, starting 8:30 pm.
As of Thursday, the Colaba observatory has recorded 1,791.2 mm rainfall (392.7 mm over normal) and Santacruz observatory has witnessed 2,454.3 mm rains (943.6 mm above normal).
Thanks to the excess rainfall, the total water stock in the seven lakes supplying water to Mumbai has risen to over 13 lakh million litres, or 90 percent of their capacity.