Despite a delayed onset of monsoon this year, Mumbai surpassed the seasonal average of rainfall of 2,318.8 mm on Monday, in just two months.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), till Monday morning, the Santacruz observatory recorded 2,318.5 mm of rainfall, while 0.4 mm was recorded between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm, taking the total to 2,318.9 mm.
This year, the city also experienced the wettest July with the IMD recording 1,769.8 mm rain between July 1 and 31, which was also almost double than the average rain average for July which stood at 855.7 mm. Before this, the wettest July was recorded in 2020, when the city saw 1,502.6 mm of rain.
Meanwhile, after recording very heavy rain for almost three weeks, the intensity of rain started receding from Monday morning. The weather bureau has indicated light to moderate spells of rain to continue over Mumbai throughout this week, while a yellow alert has been kept for Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Pune.
IMD officials said that between the first and second week of August, there could be a gradual reduction in rain. “Till August 3, there would be decent monsoon activity above Mumbai and western coast, after that the rainfall like condition may recede gradually as the monsoon trough is shifting… in August there is no forecast for very heavy rain,” Sushma Nair, scientist from IMD Mumbai, told The Indian Express on Monday.
“Monsoon breaks do happen in August and it’s an absolutely normal weather phenomenon that Mumbai may be experiencing now,” Nair said.
In June, the city exceeded its monthly average of rain as it recorded 549.1 mm against its monthly average of 537.1 mm.
Meanwhile, the water stock in seven lakes of Mumbai stood at 75.54 per cent on Monday morning — a two per cent rise in 24 hours.