Mumbai: City records its second-highest single day July rain in five years; IMD predicts heavy rainfall

ST Staff
Sunday, 5 July 2020

Continuous deluge in Mumbai over the weekend has recorded the second-highest single-day downpour in July

Mumbai: Continuous deluge in Mumbai over the weekend has recorded the second-highest single-day downpour in July over the last five years. The weather department in Mumbai after recording the single day downpour issues a yellow alert on Sunday.

India Meteorological Department forecasts intense to very intense spell of rainfall during the next three hours in Mumbai on Sunday.

An intense shower of 95.4 mm was recorded in three hours on Sunday in the suburban areas of Mumbai. 200.8 mm of the downpour was recorded in 24 hours. Mumbai suburbs recorded 357.8mm downpour over the last 48 hours whereas South Mumbai recorded 298.6mm in the same time. Thane recorded the highest single-day rain of 377mm across the Konkan region, which comes under the exceptionally heavy rain category.

As a result of continuous rain, the city has received 38 per cent of seasonal downpour in the past 48 hours. The suburbs are expected to receive moderate rainfall throughout Sunday and light to moderate rainfall on Monday.

In 2019, the city had recorded the highest single-day downpour of 375.2mm on July 2. In 2018, the limit was 184.3mm, followed by 114.5mm on July 30, 2016, and 61mm in 2015. The record-breaking figure occurred over a decade ago in 2005 where the incessant rain reached 944.2mm in a single day. 

K S Hosalikar, the deputy director of The Indian Meteorological Department’s (IMD) western region said, “Models have indicated heavy rain to continue on Sunday but the intensity of rain is likely to be lesser than Friday and Saturday.”

“North Konkan including Mumbai witnessed an active phase of the southwest monsoon over the past three days with continuous showers and extremely heavy rain in some areas. The impact of widespread rain activity led to overall excess rainfall for the majority of the weather stations,” he added.

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