MUMBAI: The city has witnessed its second wettest monsoon in recorded history. With the India Meteorological Department’s Santacruz observatory, representative of Mumbai, recording 395.1mm rainfall in the 48 hours ending Thursday morning, this year’s total seasonal rain of 3,679.8mm beat 2019’s tally of 3,670.4mm.
The highest seasonal (June 1 to September 30) rainfall for the city is 3,759.7mm, recorded in 1958. This year, with a week to go for monsoon to be officially over, the total is nearly 80mm short of the record.

This monsoon, the Colaba observatory received total rain of 3,198.7mm until 8.30 pm on Thursday, the highest seasonal rain since 1983, when it had recorded 3,329.8mm.
As the showers continued well into the night, Santacruz recorded 108.7mm rainfall in the 24 hours ending 8.30am on Thursday. Colaba recorded 50.4mm rain in the same period. But as Mumbaikars woke up to clear skies and sunshine on Thursday, the IMD Santacruz station recorded just 0.5mm rainfall between 8.30am and 5.30pm, while the Colaba station recorded no rainfall.
“Areas in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai received heavy to very heavy rains at isolated places in last 24 hours (Wednesday to Thursday). Rain in the rest of the places was in the range 70-100mm. On Wednesday evening, the intensity was more towards Thane and Navi Mumbai. On Thursday morning, the skies were clear and there was a slight rise in temperatures,” said KS Hosalikar, deputy director general, western region, IMD.
The IMD has forecast light to moderate rain for Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad for at least until the end of the week. For Friday, weathermen have forecast cloudy skies with light to moderate rain with a possibility of occasional intense spells of rain in Mumbai.

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