Mumbai recorded 61% of monthly rainfall in first five days of August

Mumbai recorded 61% of monthly rainfall in first five days of August

Heavy to very heavy rains to continue over Mumbai and suburbs. As per the estimates shared by Skymet, Mumbai has already recorded 61 per cent of its monthly rainfall in the first five days of August. Until now, the cumulative rainfall for Mumbai is around 357 mm against the monthly average of 585.2 mm.

During the last 24 hours, heavy to extremely heavy rains lashed Konkan and Goa. Dahanu and Mahabaleshwar made triple centuries with 383mm and 321mm of rain, respectively. There were also reports of heavy rainfall in Palgarh during the early hours of the morning. 

As per Skymet, in the last 24 hours, Santacruz recorded 84mm and Colaba 53mm of rain.

The heavy rainfall which Mumbai has not witnessed in a decade has affected the railways and road transport of the city which has resulted in Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) services coming to a halt. 

Maharashtra Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray also took stock of the situation in parts of Mumbai along with BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal. The administration appealed the citizens to stay at home. 

Commenting on what is causing this rainfall, experts at Skymet said that, "A well-mark low-pressure area is over the North Bay of Bengal and the cyclonic circulation is over South Gujarat. Due to these Meteorological parameters, monsoon current is active to vigorous over Konkan and Goa and adjoining West Coast. Mumbai may receive moderate to heavy showers until tonight. Thereafter, the intensity will decrease, and the rain belt will shift over Gujarat".

As per the forecasts, Intense rain activities will continue all along the West Coast for the next 2-3 days, from Gujarat to Kerala across Konkan and Goa and coastal Karnataka.

However, the rain in and around Mumbai is expected to reduce by tomorrow. Another spell of heavy rains may reappear over Mumbai and suburbs around August 11.

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