Mumbai on Tuesday received its heaviest rainfall in three weeks over the course of the night, with the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) weather station in Santacruz recording 123.6mm of rain in the last 24 hours.
The heavy downpour led to waterlogging and traffic snarls in several areas.
The IMD’s weather station in Colaba, meanwhile, received just 55mm of rain, due to the formation of a vortex in the Arabian Sea that drew rainfall over north and central parts of the city more than south Mumbai.
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“Most of the rainfall fell during the night and the intensity of the rains will now reduce over the next 24 hours, but the next few days will remain quite wet in Mumbai. Wind speeds will also be very high in the next 24 hours.
The reason is the combined influence of a westward moving low-pressure area over the Bay of Bengal. There is also a low-pressure area just off the Mumbai coast and these are having a push and pull effect on the active monsoon trough in the vicinity of the Konkan,” said an official with the IMD’s regional forecasting centre in Mumbai.
Mumbai is currently placed under an orange weather alert, indicating chances of heavy rain in isolated locations.
IMD officials said the northern parts of the city, including Goregaon, Malad, Borivali, Dahisar, Mira Road, Vasai-Virar and some parts of Thane Kalyan, are likely to receive more intense showers than Mumbai city in the south. Mumbai has received a total of 1802.6mm of rain since June 1, which is 200.2mm more than normal up to the morning of August 9, as per the city’s base weather station in Santacruz.