Heavy showers to continue: Met

After the heavy rainfall in the suburbs on Wednesday and moderate showers in the island city on Thursday,the Met department expects some parts of the city to receive one or two spells of heavy rain on Friday and Saturday.

Written by Express News Service | Published: July 13, 2012 3:59 am

After the heavy rainfall in the suburbs on Wednesday and moderate showers in the island city on Thursday,the Met department expects some parts of the city to receive one or two spells of heavy rain on Friday and Saturday.

In the past few days,the city has been receiving light to moderate rainfall. However,on Wednesday,the India Meteorological Department (IMD) Santacruz weather station,considered indicative of the suburbs, recorded heavy rainfall. From 8.30 am on Wednesday to 8.30 am on Thursday,the station recorded received 74.1 mm of rain.

Meanwhile,the Colaba station,considered indicative of the island city,recorded only 14.8 mm in the same period. On Thursday,the island city received moderate rain recording 26.6 mm of rain between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm while the suburbs remained mostly dry recording 5.2 mm rain.

“This rainfall is under the influence of the offshore trough which persists from the south Gujarat coast to the Kerala coast. There is no weather system over the Arabian Sea at the moment,” said Bishwombhar Singh,director,IMD.

Maximum temperatures in the suburbs shot up on Thursday,recording 31.3°C,up from 28.5°C on Wednesday while the island city’s temperature dipped to 29.5°C from 29.8°C.

Over the next 48 hours from Thursday evening,the weather department expects that a few spells of rain or showers would occur over parts of the city and suburbs with one or two heavy spells in some areas

Meanwhile,after a weak performance by the monsoon in June,the IMD recorded rainfall for Maharashtra from June 1-July 11 as minus 23 per cent (or 23 per cent deficient) where normal is considered from -19 to +19. “Some deficiency may remain at the end of September however we do not expect it to be so large,as the rains will cover up,” said NY Apte,deputy director-general of Meteorology,IMD,Mumbai. For Konkan and Goa including Mumbai,this deficiency as on Thursday was 9 per cent,which is considered normal.

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