It’s been a swamped weekend for Mumbaikars, but if forecasts are to go by, there is going to be no respite anytime soon. Mumbai continues to experience heavy rainfall, resulting in the low-lying areas of Parel, Dharavi, Matunga and King's Circle. The suburbs of the neighbouring Thane district, including Dombivali, Kalyan and Ambernath are also forecasted to be flooded.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday, predicted “continuous rain with heavy to very heavy falls” for the Maximum City in the next 24 hour period. In the next 48 hour period, as per IMD, the forecast of Mumbai is likely to see “a few spells of rain or shower with heavy at one or two places likely over the city and suburbs”.
The MeT department, for Monday, has issued a warning for "heavy to very heavy with isolated extremely heavy rainfall" later in the day in the metropolis and the neighbouring Thane, Palghar and Raigad districts.
Pouring beyond the weekend, quite literally, of the 26 weather stations in Mumbai and its suburbs, 14 recorded more than 100 mm rainfall since Sunday. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) in Mumbai said, the city's Chembur area received the highest amount of rain with 184.2 mm rainfall followed by Goregaon which recorded 162.2 mm.
"It is the highest rainfall of the season so far in 24 hours," IMD Mumbai's deputy director general K S Hosalikar told PTI.
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Education Minister has declared a holiday on Monday in all schools and colleges in Mumbai Metropolitan Region due to heavy rainfall. While no water logging has been recorded in the past few hours in the city according to Mumbai Police. No major traffic congestions have been reported. Visibility at the Mumbai airport was "not very good" but flights were operating according to schedule, an MeT official said, adding no warning has been issued for the aviation sector so far.
From 8:30 am on Sunday to the time of publishing, Colaba Observatory recorded 171 mm of rains, whereas Santa Cruz Observatory had witnessed 122 mm as per Skymet Weather. The Sunday downpour came in the backdrop of a whopping 131 mm of rains in Mumbai on Saturday.
While there has been a cycle of continuous rainfall this Monsoon in Mumbai, the rains have picked up across India this season. As Mumbai continues to experience incessant rainfall, here are the warnings from the IMD department over the next 5 days across India. Take a look:
With 1240.8mm rainfall, Mumbai has already received 49.34% of the season’s average. The figure stood at 28.6% this time last year. The all-time record of highest July rainfall is of July 27, 2005 (944mm). Last year’s highest July rainfall was on July 18 (163.4mm).
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