Two-wheeler riders caught in the heavy showers at Kamothe on Friday
MUMBAI: Mumbai and adjoining Thane and Navi Mumbai recorded a brief, but heavy spell of showers on Friday morning. The India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) Santacruz observatory has received almost 75% of average rainfall for the season. On the flip side, rains continues to elude catchment areas of the seven lakes that supply drinking water to the city.
The weather bureau has issued a yellow alert for Saturday indicating heavy rains at isolated places. On Friday morning, showers were reported from several areas, including Mulund, Borivali, Kurla and Goregaon.
Around 9.30 am, the IMD also issued a nowcast warning forecasting intense spells of rain at isolated places in Mumbai and Raigad within the next three hours. KS Hosalikar, deputy director-general (western region), IMD said, “Clouds over Mumbai and nearby areas were observed with vertical development. Hence, intense showers were reported at isolated places.” In the last nine hours ending 5.30 am Friday, the Colaba observatory recorded 23.8 mm rainfall and Santacruz observatory 10.3 mm.
IMD Santacruz has recorded 1,712.8mm rainfall since June 1. The average rain required in the four monsoon months is 2,260.4mm, which means the city has already received 75% of its rainfall.
In the 24 hours ending 6 am July 24, water stocks in the lakes was 4.4 lakh million litres or 30% of the required stocks. In the corresponding period last year, the quantum was 7.9 lakh million litres or 54.4 % of the required stocks.