Light showers in next few days

After more than two days of fairly continuous rains in the city,the Met department expects the next few days to bring only light showers.

Written by Express News Service | Published:August 9, 2012 3:27 am

After more than two days of fairly continuous rains in the city,the Met department expects the next few days to bring only light showers.

Beginning on a dry note,August got its first good showers on Sunday night,with the IMD’s Colaba weather station recording 46 mm rain between 8.30 pm on Sunday and 8.30 am on Wednesday,while the Santacruz weather station recorded 22.4 mm rain in the same period. This spell also reduced the rain deficit marginally,which dropped by one per cent each for the island city and the suburbs,recording 56 and 35 per cent respectively.

However,since Wednesday,the rain intensity lessened with Santacruz recording no rainfall between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm while Colaba recorded 0.6 mm. “Rain activity is on the decline at the moment. This is because the low pressure area,under the influence of which we were getting rain,now lies in north-west India and we are out of its reach,” said S Sudevan,director,IMD.

“But there is still some strength in the monsoon current and there are westerlies at good speed. Thus,the Konkan area will receive some rainfall in the next few days,” he said.

The continued weak performance of the south-west monsoon in India has all but quashed hopes of any revival,with the IMD predicting the season to end with a deficit of 15 per cent country-wide. Although August is expected to reach near normal levels of rain in some parts of the country,including the Konkan region,performance on the ground has not been reassuring yet.

Weather officials expect the city to receive lights showers on Thursday and Friday. “We expect only light to moderate rain and even these spells will not be frequent,” said Sudevan.

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