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Over 30°C: will stay that way till Wednesday

Despite sporadic showers on Monday,the maximum temperature crossed 30°Celsius in the city as well as the suburbs.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai |
July 14, 2009 12:45:52 am

Despite sporadic showers on Monday,the maximum temperature crossed 30°Celsius in the city as well as the suburbs. According to MET officials the warm weather will continue at least till Wednesday,since no conducive system has built up so far to cause heavy showers in the region.

“While the offshore trough on the west coast still remains strong,there has been no supporting system forming on the coast to bring rains to the city. That is the reason why the past 2-3 days have seen very little rainfall,” explained K Sathidevi,director of IMD Mumbai.

In the absence of any system,Mumbai has been seeing sunny weather,with maximum temperature rising to as high as 30.5°C and minimum temperature also climbing to 27.5°C and 27 °C in Colaba and Santacruz respectively.

Meanwhile,on Monday morning the rainfall recorded in Colaba in the last 24 hours was only 0.6 mm,while in Santacruz it was 14.4 mm. Mumbai currently faces a severe deficit of 211.5 mm and 195.9 mm in the two stations respectively.

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However,IMD is looking forward to a low pressure system developing over the the northwest bay. “We are hoping the system would take the right direction. If it does,there is a possibility of good rains over the city soon,” Sathidevi said. She added that the movement of the system would be clearer in the next 48 hours.

Over the next 24 hours,the IMD has predicted a few spells of rain with occasional gusty winds.

BMC to go ahead with cloud seeding
After good showers over the weekend,rains continued to play truant in the catchment areas of the city’s water supply lakes,with these areas recording dismal showers on Monday. With the daily climactic changes not yielding in any rainfall in the lakes,the BMC has decided to go ahead with the experiments of cloud seeding.

The civic body has tabled a proposal with the Standing Committee to create artificial rainfall in the catchment of ModakSagar in Bhiwandi and Tansa lake. Rainman Shantilal Meckoni,who will be carrying the experiments for the civic body,has estimated Rs 1 lakh each for 10 experiments.

Officials said since there has not been much rainfall and the lake levels have not shown a major rise — there has been a rise between 0.03 meters to 0.39 meters in all the six lakes: Modak Sagar,Tansa,Bhatsa,Upper Vaitarna,Tulsi and Vihar — cloud seeding is the only option. “We will carry the experiments till there is enough rainfall and rise in water level,” said a senior civic official.

To cope up with the shortage of water,the civic administration has already imposed a 30 per cent water cut. It is also carrying a drive to disconnect the supply of those establishments consuming more than 100 million litres water annually. On Saturday,it took action on eight swimming pools and 202 under constructions sites.

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