Mumbai residents are being warned about the prospect of severe rainfall reaching 115.5mm in a span of 24 hours on Tuesday and Wednesday by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), which has issued an ‘orange’ signal.
Senior scientist at the IMD in Pune KS Hosalikar predicts that as the monsoon advances north, it is likely to strengthen over the Konkan region, which includes Mumbai and nearby cities. Heavy to very heavy rainfall is therefore anticipated, and as a result, warnings have also been issued for Madhya Maharashtra, Vidarbha, and Konkan.
The Met Department has issued an orange alert for the Palghar, Thane, Mumbai, Raigad, and Ratnagiri districts.
Mumbai recorded 176mm of rain in the prior 24 hours, plus an additional 47mm from Sunday night through Monday morning. The monthly rainfall deficit, which was at 95% on June 21, has decreased as a result of this substantial rainfall. However, according to figures from IMD, the disparity as of Monday morning was 42%.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) rainfall monitoring system, on the other hand, noted 15.43 mm of rainfall in the western suburbs, 11.5 mm in the eastern suburbs, and 11.5 mm in the island city.
Both the Santacruz observatory and the Colaba observatory of the IMD recorded temperatures that were one degree below average at 30.8 and 30.4 degrees Celsius, respectively.
IMD Mumbai scientist Sushma Nair conversed with The Indian Express and told that three synoptic conditions have been identified as the cause of the severe rainfall. Odisha is experiencing low pressure, which is forecast to move into Madhya Pradesh. In addition, a powerful offshore trough is present. The adjacent Gujarat coast and the northeastern Arabian Sea both experience cyclonic circulation. The westerlies are anticipated to become more intense as a result of these synoptic conditions. The monsoon will thrive in these circumstances.