AFTER a sultry week, heavy showers in the island city and suburbs Friday evening brought relief to Mumbaikars.
According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), Colaba and Santacruz observatory weather stations recorded 0.6 mm and 23 mm rainfall, respectively, on Friday evening.
The minimum temperature Friday dipped to 25.7 degree Celsius and the maximum was 35 degree Celsius in the morning. IMD forecasts heavy rain over the next three days.
According to IMD director V K Rajeev, these are local rains caused by excessive heat.
Last week, temperatures in the city had soared and one of the hottest days in September was recorded Tuesday. IMD’s Santacruz observatory recorded the maximum temperature at 36.2 degree Celsius Tuesday.
The all-time record was in 2014 when the maximum temperature reached 37 degree Celsius on September 30.
The rainfall is also good news for the city which is currently reeling under a 20 per cent water cut for residential properties and 50 per cent for commercial establishments.
The civic body has also been mulling over continuing the cuts if the situation does not change.
According to data released by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the total usable content in all the seven lakes, supplying water to the city, is 11.43 lakh million litres, as of Friday. In 2014, the seven lakes had 14 lakh million litres at the same time.