City witnesses season’s wettest 24-hr spell

The city received its highest 24-hour rainfall so far this season between Monday and Tuesday morning with the Colaba weather station recording 90.4 mm of rain.

Written by Express News Service | Published: August 29, 2012 4:19 am

The city received its highest 24-hour rainfall so far this season between Monday and Tuesday morning with the Colaba weather station recording 90.4 mm of rain.

Between 8.30 am on Monday and 8.30 am on Tuesday,the Met department’s Colaba weather station recorded rain that surpassed the previous highest of the season of 82.8 mm which was recorded by Santacruz between August 18 and 19. In the same 24-hour period from Monday to Tuesday,Santacruz recorded 63 mm of rain. However,this season’s highest is much lower than last season’s 232.6 mm which was recorded between August 28 and 29. This is a result of the poor performance of the south-west monsoon throughout the country this year.

The heavy rains helped the city avoid recording the lowest August rainfall in the last 10 years with the monthly total till now for Santacruz,considered indicative of the city,climbing up to 333.8 mm from 235.1 mm on Sunday morning. The lowest August rainfall was recorded in 2009 with 290.3 mm.

However,Mumbai continues to reel under a severe rain deficit with the island city from June 1 to August 28 receiving 788.5 mm less than the normal rainfall while the suburbs have a deficiency of 598 mm.

Meanwhile,there was some respite from the rain on Tuesday with the Santacruz weather station recording 10.7 mm rain between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm while Colaba recorded only 0.9 mm.

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