Heavy rains are expected to lash the city starting Tuesday morning, the Met department said on Monday. Also,the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued a high tide warning for Tuesday with a tide of 4.66 m expected at 12.05 pm which is dangerous as the problem of flooding in the city becomes acute when heavy rainfall coincides with a tide of more than 4.5 metres. On Wednesday,too,the high tide is expected to reach 4.79 m at 12.50 pm.
As the arrival of the south-west monsoon was delayed in the city,it has remained mostly dry with heavy showers only on two days with light rain on some others. The overall performance of the south-west monsoon in the country is also weak so far,with the weather department recording a deficiency of 11 percent in June rainfall.
However,the Met department said that the monsoon is getting reactivated and heavy spell of rain is expected to start from Tuesday morning. The offshore trough persists and is well marked with an upper air cylonic circulation over south Gujarat and north Maharashtra. These factors have resulted in conditions favourable for rainfall, said VK Rajeev,Director of weather forecast,India Meteorological Department(IMD).
We expect the good cloud cover patch over the North Maharashtra coast to move inland. A heavy rainfall warning has been issued for South Konkan and North Konkan,inlcuding Mumbai,for 36 hours starting 1800 hours this(Monday) evening, said Rajeev.
Meanwhile,on Monday,some parts of the city received light rain with the IMDs Santacruz weather station recording 0.2 mm rainfall while Colaba recorded traces of rain which were not measurable,between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm. However,in the next 3 hours alone around 8.30 pm the suburbs had received 30.20 mm of rainfall while the island city received 5.8mm. .Relative humidity at 5.30 pm was 84 percent and 72 percent at Colaba and Santacruz respectively.