The withdrawal of south-west monsoon from the city has been delayed further and is not expected till October 10,said the Met department on Saturday. Since the beginning of October,while monsoon has been in the withdrawal phase,the city has seen a lot of thundershowers and rain activity.
In around a weeks time from October 1 to October 6,India Meteorological Department(IMD)s Santacruz weather station has recorded 92.8 mm of rain while Colaba has recorded 60.5 mm. Weathermen expect thundershowers to prevail in the city on Sunday.
On Friday too,the city witnessed thundershowers in many areas. According to data from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporations (BMC) automatic weather systems,Dadar recorded 47.24 mm of rain,Bandra recorded 38.34 mm,Andheri 21.84 mm and Byculla recorded 19.04 mm from around 6 pm on Friday evening to around 6 am on Saturday morning.
Weather officials said such thundershower activity is a distinct feature of monsoon withdrawal. These showers occurr under the influence of an upper air cyclonic circulation over the coastal areas of Maharashtra and the neighbourhood. Many parts of the state such as Marathwada are getting rain because of it, said V K Rajeev,Director of weather forecast,IMD.
Due to the rain activity,the withdrawal of the south-west monsoon from the state (including Mumbai) has been delayed further,said the Met department. The normal date of retreat of the south-west monsoon from coastal and central Maharashtra is October 1. The withdrawal is not expected to occur for another three to four days, said Rajeev.
Meanwhile,the city remained fairly dry on Saturday with Santacruz weather station recording 4.8 mm rain between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm while Colaba recorded no rain. Maximum temperatures were 31.8 degrees and 31 degrees in the island city and the suburbs respectively.