File photo of rain in Mumbai
MUMBAI: With moderate rain on Thursday and Friday, Santacruz observatory recorded 990.5mm rainfall this month, the highest August figure for the city in nine years. The IMD has, meanwhile, issued an orange alert (heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places) for the city, Thane and Palghar for Saturday.
While Palghar’s orange alert will continue till Sunday, a yellow alert has been declared for Mumbai and Thane. Mumbai’s yellow alert is expected to continue till Monday. “Due to the influence of a low pressure area over east Madhya Pradesh and cyclonic circulation, heavy to very heavy rainfall over Konkan coast and central Maharashtra is likely for three to four days. Gusty winds are expected. A warning has been issued for fishermen along the west coast,” said Shubhangi Bhute, director, regional meteorological centre, IMD, Mumbai.
Dahisar got maximum rain (103mm) on Friday
In 24 hours ending at 8.30am on Friday, Santacruz recorded 31.6mm rainfall. In the next 10 hours it recorded 45.7mm, taking the month’s total to 990.5mm, the highest August rainfall since 2010, when the city received 1,036.5mm. The all-time highest for August was 1,254mm in 1958. Colaba recorded 63.2mm rain till 8.30am on Friday and 20.6mm (15.6mm to 64.4mm is moderate) during the day, till 5.30pm. Many parts of the city received heavy to very heavy rain (6am-6pm) on Friday. Maximum rain was at Dahisar (103mm), followed by Lokhandwala (95.4mm), Malad (95mm), Navi Mumbai (83.4mm), Bandra (79mm), Goregaon (75.5mm), Bhandup (71.2mm), Worli (59.8mm), Thane (49.8mm) and Dadar (42mm).
Thane-Belapur Industries Association weather station recorded 36.4mm rainfall and Dahanu observatory in Palghar district recorded 32.1mm rainfall from 8.30am to 5.30pm on Friday, IMD stated.