After days of torrential showers inundating Mumbai and its neighbouring districts, people can now expect light to moderate downpour over the next few days, according to India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasts.
In its forecast for five days, the weather bureau has sounded no alarm for the city until August 1, following which the IMD has issued a yellow alert for August 2, indicating that the intensity will pick up by mid-week. In the neighbouring districts of Raigad and Ratnagiri, meanwhile, a yellow alert remains in place.
Meteorologists and weather experts attributed the receding intensity of downpour in the city to the movement of the low pressure area, which had brought the incessant showers to the city, to the north. “As the low pressure area weakens and moves in the north-west direction, the impact of the monsoon spell will become less in the city,” Mahesh Palawat, a meteorologist from Skymet Weather Services had told Express.
While the city recorded over 100 mm rain for the fourth time on Friday, the intensity of rain started weakening by Friday afternoon. Data furnished by the weather bureau showed that between Friday and Saturday morning, the Santacruz observatory recorded 36 mm of rain, while the Colaba observatory received 8 mm. Meanwhile, between Saturday morning and evening until 5.30 pm, the weather station at Santacruz received 18 mm whereas 7 mm was received in Colaba.
Besides, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) recording apparatus registered 13 mm rain in the western suburbs followed by 11 mm of downpour in the eastern division until 6 pm on Saturday. During the same period, the island city recorded 7 mm rain.
Amid heavy rains lashing the city, lake levels surpassed the 70 per cent mark on Saturday morning. Data procured from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) shows that on Saturday morning, the water stock in the seven lakes that supply water to Mumbai stood at 71.84 per cent of their total capacity. On the same day, last year, water levels in these lakes touched 88.19 per cent whereas in 2021, it was at 72 per cent.
Mumbai draws its daily water supply from seven different lakes – Tansa, Bhatsa, Modak Sagar, Tulsi, Vehar, Upper Vaitarna and Middle Vaitarna. Of these, four have reached full capacity. On Thursday night, the Modak Sagar lake overflowed after reaching full capacity. Earlier, Tulsi Vehar and Tansa lakes had overflowed.