After heavy rains in the last few days, India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that Mumbai may continue to receive rainfall for the next two days. As per the IMD, a cyclonic circulation at the coast of Tamil Nadu has formed along with other monsoon systems are causing heavy rains over the city.
IMD has predicted partly cloudy skies with light rains and thundershowers in areas like Andheri, Vile Parle, Borivali and Mulund. The department has also warned of thunderstorms accompanied by lightning, light to moderate rain and gusty winds at isolated places in Konkan-Goa, Madhya Maharashtra and the Marathwada belt.
Rainfall in Mumbai after September 30 is considered unseasonal. The city was supposed to begin its monsoon retreat five days ago on October 8, but the withdrawal has delayed this time. Mumbai has already received over 100 millimetres (mm) of rainfall in October. The IMD stated Mumbai has witnessed over 100 mm of rainfall only in four instances in the past 10 years in the month of October.
According to the IMD data, the Santacruz observatory recorded 114mm rainfall – the highest downpour recorded in a decade – during overnight rain between Friday and Saturday last week.
Due to continuous rainfall, the temperature in the city has also dropped to 24.4 degrees Celsius and maximum of 32 degrees Celsius, with 80% relative humidity.
The air quality has also improved in the city. According to the Air Quality data, Mumbai recorded a good Air Quality Index (AQI) of 25, while other cities like Delhi, Pune and Ahmedabad recorded AQIs of 52, 23 and 52, respectively.