After recording heavy rainfall on Monday night, on Wednesday, the IMD’s Santacruz observatory recorded 0.1 mm rain for 24 hours ending at 8.30 am and Colaba observatory recorded 0.2 mm of rain in the same time period.
“Intense rainfall over Mumbai on Monday night and the high moisture content in air, combined with wind speed, allowed swift dispersion of pollutants close to the surface," said Gufran Beig, director of System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research.
R-North ward, which covers Dahisar and parts of Borivali West, has seen the sharpest spike in cases in June, civic officials said. Till June 2, when the lockdown was partially relaxed in the city, the administrative ward had only reported 486 cases.
While some parts in western suburbs recorded short but intense spells of rain on Monday, on Tuesday, the city recorded 0.8 mm of rain, in the 12 hours ending at 5:30 pm. On Wednesday, trace rainfall (which cannot be measured by a rain gauge) was recorded.
According to IMD's district forecast and warnings, Mumbai, Thane and Palghar are very likely to receive thunderstorms, accompanied with lightning and gusty winds with speed reaching 30 to 40 kmph at isolated places, on Friday.
So far, 1,964 positive cases and 73 deaths have been recorded from Dharavi. At least 939 people have recovered from the slum sprawl. On Wednesday, Mumbai recorded 1,567 new infections, taking its total virus load to 52,667.
In September last year, a similar incident had taken place wherein people in many parts of western and eastern suburbs had complaint about a suspected gas leak. However, even then, the source of the smell was not established
In absence of clear guidelines, residents and housing welfare associations say they have found themselves in a fix on matters such as allowing domestic helps or doorstep delivery of newspapers among others.
This is the second cyclone to strike the Indian coast in two weeks, but unlike Amphan, which wreaked havoc on the eastern coast 10 days ago, Nisarga was relatively milder. This is only the second time since 1902 that a cyclone has developed over the Arabian Sea.