After a prolonged dry spell in August, the city is set to experience continuous rainfall in the first week of September, officials from Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said. The IMD has forecast intermittent rain with heavy to very heavy rainfall for the city and suburbs for the next 48 hours.
On Monday, Santacruz received 14.5mm and Colaba 22.6mm up to 5.30 pm. Relative humidity at Santacruz and Colaba was 92 per cent and 98 per cent.
“The rainfall trend will continue as there is an offshore trough and low pressure area over Vidarbha,” said V K Rajeev, IMD (Mumbai) director. “This monsoon has been peculiar, with the city experiencing a prolonged dry spell in August, which is not usually the case.” In August, Santacruz received just 466.5mm and Colaba received just 441.3mm.
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As per civic data, in the 24 hours from 31 August to September 1, Santacruz received 115.8mm, and Colaba received 60.1mm. The island city received 71.3mm, whereas the eastern and western suburbs received 64.4mm and 92.2mm in the past 24 hours.
On Monday, the city experienced 26.5 degrees Celsius (°C) maximum temperature at Santacruz and at Colaba, it was 26.4°C. The minimum temperature at Santacruz was 23.8 °C and at Colaba, it was 24.6°C on Monday.
With only a month of the monsoon to go, Colaba received 85.15 percent of the average annual rainfall with 1,903.1 mm and Santacruz 82.49 per cent with 2,129.8 mm.
Last year, up to August 31, Colaba had received 2,220 mm rainfall and Santacruz 2,598 mm.