Mumbai Rains

Mumbai Rains 2020: Heavy to extremely heavy rains over city, Thane from August 2 to 5

Posted on 2 Aug 2020 06:20:13 GMT - mumbai-rains

With no continuous downpour of rainfall, the civic body recently announced a 20 percent water cut from August 5. While the city has been witnessing a dry run, private weather agency Skymet said that heavy to very heavy rains are possible over Mumbai and suburbs leading to widespread waterlogging and traffic jams.

The private weather agency said that since the last two days, the weather of Mumbai has almost been dry with few isolated light showers of rain. However, predicting heavy rainfall, Skymet said that rainfall activities will start increasing over Konkan and Goa including Mumbai by tonight or early morning tomorrow due to the strengthening of low-level westerlies are strengthening.

As per Skymet's weather bulletin, Mumbai will experience the first heavy spells of rains after July 15. "Heavy rain and thundershowers are expected between August 3 and 6 over Mumbai and suburbs with peak intensity on August 4 and 5," Skymet stated.

Issuing heavy downpour alert for the people of Mumbai and suburbs on August 4 and 5, Skymet advised people to stay home during these two days. "Kindly plan your work accordingly to avoid traffic jams and waterlogging," it said.

India Meteorological Department's Dy Director General of Meteorology, KS Hosalikar on Saturday took to Twitter and said that there's a possibility of very heavy to extremely heavy rains over Konkan including Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai from August 2 to 5.

IMD has also predicted an increase in rainfall intensity over the Konkan region including parts of Maharashtra during the next four to five days. The weather agency said that the condition has been formed due to the strengthening of monsoon currents and likely formation of a low-pressure area over the Northern region of the Bay of Bengal around August 4.

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While IMD has predicted heavy to heavy rainfall from August 2-5, Skymet said that the weather over Mumbai and suburbs will start clearing up from the evening of August 6, as the rain activities will subside. However, it said that light patchy showers will continue over Mumbai and suburbs after August 6.

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Mumbai Rains 2020: City experiencing three days' rain, now in six hours

Posted on 2 Aug 2020 01:48:30 GMT - mumbai-rains

Last week, Mumbai recorded an all-time high rainfall for the month of July (1,474 mm)—more than its 2014 record (1,468.5 mm). While the intense spell of rainfall was a welcome respite from the heat and humidity, climate scientists who have been tracking weather conditions for decades say that the city's haphazard rainfall pattern is a cause for concern.

Mumbai's weather conditions took a drastic turn at the beginning of the 21st century—a predictable outcome of the rapid industrialisation that the city was and is still undergoing. Intense spells of rainfall increased, with the major difference being that now these moderate to heavy spells occurred over a much shorter period of time—leading to lesser percolation of underground water. Krishnanand Hosalikar, Deputy Director-General of Meteorology with the Indian Met Department (IMD-Mumbai), who has over 25 years of service under his belt, recalls his childhood days. "There used to be more than 100 days of rainfall back then, with light to moderate showers occurring continuously over a span of three to four days. While there was intense rainfall, it is more widespread now. The reason for this change is urbanisation. Concretisation has changed the land use pattern of the city. This has increased the water runoff. Earlier, rainfall would seep into the ground, but now, because of concrete and paver blocks, it is going into the gutters. This has also caused strain on the city's nullahs."

Krishnanand Hosalikar
Krishnanand Hosalikar

Hosalikar, who has published numerous research papers on the country's changing climate and weather conditions, says the city's monsoon pattern is undergoing a noticeable change. "The city's temperature is also rising…and there have been indications that the nights are becoming longer and days are becoming hotter," he adds.

Mahesh Palawat, 55, vice president, Meteorology and Climate Change, Skymet Weather, whose first job was as meteorologist for the Indian Air Force in 1986, says Mumbai's rainfall pattern and weather conditions began to take a drastic turn at the beginning of the 21st century. He says that back in the '90s, alto strata clouds, middle height clouds formed 8,000-10,000 feet above ground level, were much more prevalent than they are now. "This was a good thing. These were sheet clouds with good thickness, extending up to hundreds of kilometres. They were capable of giving continuous rainfall for two to three days. These clouds were able to provide drizzle or continuous light rain, which is beneficial for recharging groundwater."

Mahesh Palawat
Mahesh Palawat

Looking at the next five to 10 years, Palawat says that the city's extreme weather conditions will only see an increase. "Unless we restore the city's green cover and reduce our carbon footprint, there is little or no chance of reversing the effects of climate change. The thing is: people just don't care about the weather. Everyone is looking out for themselves…everyone wants air conditioners and multiple cars. People don't feel the pinch now, but when the oxygen content in the air reduces, the green cover will die, and extreme weather conditions will cause damage to life and property in the next 10 years, then maybe people will start taking weather changes seriously."

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Mumbai Rains: City likely to receive heavy showers on August 3 and 4

Posted on 1 Aug 2020 08:10:13 GMT - mumbai-rains

Mumbai has been experiencing light to moderate rains with occasional intense spells throughout the week, which is likely to continue on Saturday. According to the private weather agency Skymet, the city and suburbs are likely to experience heavy to very heavy rains on August 3 and August 4.

The private weather agency warned that the heavy showers, likely to occur from August 3 onwards and extend to August 6, may lead to waterlogging and flash floods that may cause disruption to daily life.

Skymet has advised people to stay at home on these days and not to step out unless necessary. The private weather agency also said that the city will possibly see the surge in the intensity of the rains from Sunday evening.

The agency also said that the city is likely to witness moderate to heavy rains on August 6 after which the intensity of the showers will see a drop. Nevertheless, the city will possibly surpass the monthly average of the rains received in August.

Monsoon activity in past 24 hours

July ended on a wet note with the city receiving 40 per cent more rains in the month. Against the normal benchmark of 12.51mm rains, Mumbai has received 1754.1mm rains, Skymet reported. Many areas in Mumbai recorded light to moderate rains and thundershowers on Friday. The Santacruz observatory recorded 0.6mm rains on Friday, whereas the Colaba observatory recorded 3mm rains.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted generally cloudy skies with moderate rains in the city and the suburbs on Saturday. However, it has also expressed a possibility of occasional intense spells for the day.

Monsoon Likely To Be Normal In Second Half Of Rainfall Season: IMD

The weather department recorded a further surge in the city temperature with Santacruz observatory recording a maximum temperature of 32.3 degree Celsius and minimum temperature of 25.6 degree Celsius. The Colaba observatory recorded a maximum temperature of 31 degree Celsius and minimum temperature of 26 degree Celsius.

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Mumbai Rains: City received 1502 mm showers in July, highest-ever in the month

Posted on 31 Jul 2020 07:31:09 GMT - mumbai-rains

Mumbai has been experiencing moderate to heavy rains throughout July. Having surpassed its monthly average rainfall of 840 mm, Mumbai received 1502 mm rains in July this year, private weather agency Skymet said.

The private weather agency said in the report that even though Mumbai experienced the highest ever rains in July, the city has not experienced severe waterlogging or flash floods as the showers have been well distributed throughout the month.

Skymet also said that Mumbai, Thane and adjoining areas have witnessed moderate to heavy rains with intense showers in the last week of July. Even as the rains were not widespread and continuous, the showers caused waterlogging at isolated low-lying areas.  

The private weather agency also predicted that August will begin on a wet note with the possibility of heavy to very heavy rains between August 2 to August 6 with chances of a few intense spells in the city and the suburbs.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted the possibility of enhancement of rain activities over the west coast towards the south Konkan region that is likely to cause heavy rains in the areas in the next 24 hours.

Monsoon activity in past 24 hours

According to IMD, the city witnessed uneven rains with the Santacruz observatory recording 8.5 mm rains and the Colaba observatory recording 45 mm rains on Thursday. The weather department has forecast cloudy skies with a chance of moderate rains in the city and the suburbs, with a possibility of an occasional intense spell for Friday.

A slight rise has been observed in the city temperature, with the weather department’s Santacruz observatory recording a maximum temperature of 30.7 degree Celsius and a minimum temperature of 25.4 degree Celsius. On the other hand, Colaba observatory recorded a maximum temperature of 31 degree Celsius and a minimum temperature of 25.5 degree Celsius.

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Mumbai Rains: City likely to witness heavy showers between Aug 2 and 6

Posted on 30 Jul 2020 06:47:20 GMT - mumbai-rains

Mumbai have been experiencing light to moderate rains with a few intense spells at regular intervals. With August set to begin on a rainy note, the city and its neighbouring areas are likely to experience heavy to very heavy rains between August 2 to August 6, private weather agency Skymet said.

The private weather agency said that the rains are likely to cause flash floods and waterlogging in different parts of the city and the suburbs. Moderate to heavy rains are expected to continue in Konkan coast, including Mumbai and its suburbs and Goa, until August 6, Skymet said.

As the city has been witnessing moderate rains with a few intense spells and occasional thundershowers, Skymet said that this rain activity is likely to continue until August 1.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted a possibility of heavy rains in the Konkan region, including Mumbai, in the next 48 hours. The deputy director of meteorology KS Hosalikar said the interiors of Maharashtra are likely to receive moderate to heavy rains.

Monsoon activity in past 24 hours

On Wednesday, many parts of Mumbai and Thane continued to receive moderate rains with a few intense spells. The Santacruz observatory recorded 18 mm of rains, whereas the Colaba observatory received 23mm rains.

The IMD has forecast cloudy skies with the chance of light to moderate rains in the city for Thursday. The weather forecast has seen a slight rise in city temperatures with the Santacruz observatory recording a maximum temperature of 31.1 degree Celsius and a minimum temperature of 25 degree Celsius. The Colaba observatory has recorded a maximum temperature of 30 degree Celsius and a minimum temperature of 25 degree Celsius.

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Mumbai Rains 2020: Civic chief discusses 20 per cent water cut; likely from August 1

Posted on 30 Jul 2020 01:43:35 GMT - mumbai-rains

Mumbai's water woes are back again and a 20 per cent water cut is expected from August 1 in view of the insufficient rain received by the catchment areas of the lakes which are the city's primary sources of water. A proposal for the same is being discussed at the municipal commissioner level, as only 33 per cent of the total water storage capacity is currently available and it would last just for three months.

mid-day had published a report on July 23 on the probable water cut, a proposal for which has been submitted by the Hydraulic Engineers' Department. A senior civic official said, "Even after two months, water levels in the lakes haven't gone up much and that is a major cause of worry. We hope the situation improves over the next two months, but we cannot take a chance."

"A discussion regarding the water cut is taking place due to the present situation of water storage," said P Velarasu, additional commissioner of the BMC. Another official told mid-day that there would be up to 20 per cent water cut from August 1. This is not the first time that the city will face water cut during monsoon. Both in 2014 and 2015, the BMC announced 20 per cent water cuts in the month of July. While in 2014, the water supply was restored in September after an increase in the lake levels; in 2015, the cut continued till the next mwonsoon. The last time a water cut was imposed was on November 14, 2018. The 10 per cent cut remained till July 2019. However, good rainfall during the last monsoon helped residents enjoy uninterrupted water supply till summer this year.

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As on July 29, the total water stock in the lakes is 4.85 million litres, which is only 33 per cent of the total capacity. Around the same time in 2019, 78 per cent of the lakes were full and in 2018, the stock was 83 per cent.

Water available (as on July 29)

Year Quantity
2020 4,85,078 mn litres
2019 11,30,090 mn litres
2018 12,07,948 mn litres
Total storage capacity – 14,47,363 mn litres

Lake levels

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Mumbai Rains 2020: City, suburbs brace for rainy weekend

Posted on 29 Jul 2020 06:22:47 GMT - mumbai-rains

Mumbai has been receiving scattered rains for the past three days with instances of waterlogging being reported at many low-lying areas. According to the private weather agency Skymet, the city will see a marginal increase in rain activities from Friday that will continue till August 6.

The Skymet report said that the city will witness moderate to heavy rains for the next few days that will provide some relief from the sultry weather. However, the private weather agency also predicted a possibility of rains causing a huge traffic jam on the city roads and instances of waterlogging in low-lying areas between August 2 and August 5.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rains for the next two days with the Western suburbs, Colaba, and few areas of Thane getting impacted.

Monsoon activity in past 24 hours

According to Skymet, Mumbai has received uneven rains on Tuesday. Some parts of the city received heavy downpour, while some received light showers. The Santacruz observatory recorded 9mm rains, while the Colaba observatory recorded 89mm rains. The private weather agency also said that Thane received heavy downpour on Tuesday. 

IMD’s deputy director of Meteorology, KS Hosalikar, said that Mumbai and its neighbouring areas received isolated heavy rains in the last 24 hrs. “Rains continued with mod intensity throughout,” he tweeted while informing the possibility of heavy rains in the next 48 hours.

The weather department has forecast cloudy skies with the chance of moderate rains in the city and the suburbs. The city temperatures were also seen to have taken a plunge with the Santacruz observatory recording a maximum temperature of 28 degree Celsius and a minimum temperature of 24.6 degree Celsius. The Colaba observatory recorded a maximum temperature of 26.8 degree Celsius and a minimum temperature of 25 degree Celsius.

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Mumbai Rains 2020: Tulsi Lake overflows after heavy showers

Posted on 28 Jul 2020 09:08:43 GMT - mumbai-rains

The Tulsi lake, one of the seven lakes which provide water supply to Mumbai, started overflowing on Monday night due to continuous heavy rains in the city.

The lake, located in northern Mumbai, contributes one per cent of total water storage for the city. Vihar lake, located in the city, and the other five lakes – upper Vaitarna, Middle Vaitarna, Modak Sagar, Tansa, and Bhatsa situated on Thane - Nashik border, have less than 40 per cent storage. The seven lakes can store up to 14.47 lakh million litres water, which lasts 10 months.

The city gets 3,850 million litres per day and the current water stock can last for a maximum of three months. As of now, these lakes have 4.73 lakh million litres of water. Read more here.

With two-and-a-half months of monsoon remaining, scarce rain has been predicted for Mumbai this year, which does not rule out the possibility of water scarcity. Last year, Tulsi lake overflowed on July 12.

Even though the lake started overflowing the water scarcity issue has not been solved. In 2014, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had imposed a 20 per cent water cut in July to September as the rainfall was insufficient. In 2015, the city faced 20 per cent water cut in July, that lasted till June 2016.

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Mumbai Rains 2020: August to begin on a rainy note, city to witness fall in temperature

Posted on 28 Jul 2020 07:18:49 GMT - mumbai-rains

Mumbai and its neighbouring areas have been experiencing moderate rains with thundershowers for the past few days. According to the private weather agency Skymet, Mumbai and the suburbs are expected to witness intense spells of rain between August 2 to August 5.

The private weather agency, in a report, said that the city is not likely to witness extremely heavy rainfall on these days, but it is expected to cause water-logging in low-lying areas. Skymet also said that the rain will lead to a significant fall in city temperature.

The report also mentioned that light rains will continue in different parts of the city until August 1.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rains for the Konkan region, including Mumbai and its surrounding areas. The IMD’s deputy director of meteorology KS Hosalikar tweeted that interiors of Maharashtra are likely to receive moderate to heavy rains in the next 48 hours.

Monsoon activity in past 24 hours

Mumbai experienced intense spells of rains for the past two days, with low-lying areas reporting inundation on Sunday. On Monday, the city received well-distributed rains with the Santacruz observatory recording 29mm rains and the Colaba observatory recording 57mm of rains, Skymet said.

According to the IMD, Bhayander recorded heaviest rains in the city on Monday with 72mm, whereas Nerul received 68mm rains and Dahisar recorded 65mm. Goregaon received the lowest rains at 10mm.

The weather department has predicted cloudy skies with a chance of moderate rains in the city and suburbs on Tuesday. The city temperatures have seen a drop with the Santacruz observatory recording a maximum temperature of 29.7 degree Celsius and a minimum temperature of 25 degree Celsius. The Colaba observatory has recorded a maximum temperature of 28.0 degree Celsius and a minimum temperature of 25.5 degree Celsius.

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Mumbai Rains: Heavy showers expected over city, suburbs between August 2 and 5

Posted on 27 Jul 2020 05:38:29 GMT - mumbai-rains

Mumbai and its suburbs have been witnessing heavy rains since early morning on Monday and due to continuous downpour water-logging was reported in some low-lying areas.

Private weather agency Skymet said moderate showers are expected to occur over many parts of Mumbai and suburbs on Monday and these showers are expected to continue, on and off, until Monday afternoon. Thereafter, rain intensity will go down.

“Isolated spot rain and patchy showers may continue for the next 3 to 4 days over Mumbai and suburbs, but the overall intensity of rain will remain subdued,” Skymet forecast said.

According to the private weather agency, during the last 24 hours, Santacruz recorded 101 mm of rain, but many other parts of Mumbai remained almost dry.

“Chances of heavy rains over Mumbai and suburbs will be between August 2nd and 5th. During that time temperatures are expected to come down leading to pleasant weather conditions. Showers will continue, on and off, for 4 to 5 days therefore, we think the weather of Mumbai will remain comfortable and pleasant during the first week of August,” Skymet added.

Massive inundation was reported in Hindmata, Dadar, and many other low-lying areas.

Meanwhile, KS Hosalikar, deputy director general of meteorology, India Meteorological Department’s (IMD), said Mumbai and surrounding areas received moderate to heavy rain in last 24 hours.

According to IMD, the Colaba observatory recorded over 60 mm rainfall, while Santacruz recorded 100 mm in the last 24 hours.

Maharashtra and parts of the western coast are expected to get moderate monsoon showers after Monday.

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Mumbai Rains 2020: City to witness patchy rain, intensity to increase in August, says Skymet

Posted on 26 Jul 2020 05:45:09 GMT - mumbai-rains

Mumbai and its surrounding areas have been witnessing a dry run ever since receiving continuous spells of heavy rainfall for three days in the second week of July. According to private weather agency Skymet, isolated light rains with one or two moderate spells continued over Mumbai and suburbs in the last 24 hours.

As per the weather agency, Santacruz recorded 9 mm of rainfall while Colaba observed 2 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours. "We do not expect any significant increase in rain activities over the city for at least the next four days," Skymet said.

In its daily weather bulletin, Skymet said there could be a surge in monsoon activity around July 31. However, the weather agency said that moderate showers over Mumbai and suburbs will increase around July 31 and may continue until August 3 or 4.

On Saturday, Skymet said that patchy rains will continue over Mumbai but thereafter, rain activities are expected to pick pace around August 2 or 3 over Mumbai and suburbs. Making a weather prediction for August, Skymet said that the month of August may commence with a rainy note for Mumbai and suburbs, thus leading to a drop in overall temperature with the weather becoming comfortable.

IMD'S deputy director-general, western region, KS Hosalikar took to Twitter and said that there are possibilities of rains to continue overnight at isolated places in Mumbai and its neighbouring areas. Cloud bands seen over Mumbai and around with latest radar and satellite images," Hosalikar tweeted.

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Mumbai Rains: Intensity of showers to pick up pace by August 3

Posted on 25 Jul 2020 07:40:04 GMT - mumbai-rains

Mumbaikars have been experienced light to moderate rains for the past few days, with a drop expected in the frequency of showers after July 26. Private weather service  Skymet Weather has said in a report that the rains will pick up the pace again in the maximum city by August 3.

The private weather service also predicted that Mumbai and the suburbs are likely to continue experiencing occasional rains next week. This rain activity is due to a persistent cyclonic circulation over the East Central Arabian Sea off the Karnataka coast and the moderate winds from the Arabian Sea that are feeding moisture over Konkan and Goa, Skymet reported.

Even as the intensity of rains is expected to pick up pace by August 3,  the temperatures are not likely to see much surge but the city will possibly experience sultry, uncomfortable weather.  

Skymet has also predicted that Mumbai and suburbs will experience intense rainfall in August that will also bring the city temperatures down.

Monsoon Activity in the past 24 hours

According to Skymet, Mumbai witnessed moderate showers on Friday with the Santacruz observatory recorded 10 mm and Colaba 24 mm of rain.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecasted cloudy skies with moderate rains for Mumbai on Saturday, with a possibility for heavy showers in isolated places. The weather department has also seen a drop in the city temperatures as the Santacruz observatory recorded a maximum temperature of 29.5 degree Celsius and a minimum temperature of 25.4 degree Celsius. On the other hand, the Colaba observatory recorded a maximum temperature of 28.2 degree Celsius and a minimum temperature of 26 degree Celsius.

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