Wet Weekend Alert: IMD says Mumbai’s rains will continue over next 4 days
Incessant rainfall over the last three days has disrupted day-to-day life in the city. Much to the ire of Mumbaikars, practically every mode of transport available for commuting in the city, trains, buses and vehicles, were impacted at some level.
The upside, however, is that the lakes that provide water to Mumbai are filled to the brim and the temperatures have dipped.
Per the data collected from the India Meteorological Department, Mumbai received the highest September rainfall in four years over the 24-hour period from 8:30 am on Tuesday till 8:30 am on Wednesday, measuring 142.6 mm in Santacruz.
In the last 24 hours, the island city received a rainfall of 84.7 mm, western suburb 95.8 mm and eastern suburb clocked in 76.2 mm rain.
The forecast from the IMD for Thursday says that, “Intermittent rain or a shower is likely to occur in city and suburbs. Heavy to very heavy rain is likely to occur at one or two places.”
RA Rajiv, head of Metrological Department in Mumbai, said “The low pressure area around Andhra coast is the reason for heavy rains in Mumbai. It will rain for 4 – 5 days but we will be reviewing the forecast in next two days.”
The rainfall has also led to a visible decline in the city’s minimum and maximum temperatures. On Wednesday, the maximum temperatures recorded at Colaba and Santacruz were 29.2C and 28C respectively, whereas the minimum were 25.8C and 26.3C respectively.
Mumbai has witnessed a healthy rainfall this year. According to data, since June 1, the IMD recorded 2,133 mm rainfall at Colaba and 2,647 mm at Santacruz. In comparison, the rainfall in 2015 stood at 1,604.8 mm at Colaba and 1,823.2 mm at Santacruz.
According to IMD officials, the monsoon is expected to extend beyond its usual withdrawal date of September 30 and likely to extend beyond first week of October.