Mumbai: As monsoon season is coming to a close, there is some good news for Mumbaikars, as the city recorded its highest rainfall over the past six years. The city received 23% more rain between June to September — the official period for the city’s monsoon — than the average.
Between June 1 and September 30, the city recorded 2,946.3mm rainfall against its annual average of 2,258mm. According to the weather bureau, the Santacruz weather station [for suburbs] recorded 24% excess rainfall over the past four months while the Colaba weather station [south Mumbai] recorded 8.8% excess rainfall. Though the monsoon officially ended on September 30, its arrival and withdrawal have been delayed by a week or two depending upon the fluctuation in weather.
In 2016, Mumbai had recorded 2,894.5mm between June and September, 1,823.2mm in 2015, 2,299.8mm in 2014, 2432.9mm in 2013 and 1859.9mm in 2012, reported Hindustan Times.
Maharashtra, which has seen many villages and districts suffer from drought like situations in recent past had some good news in store. Of Maharashtra’s 36 districts, 11 recorded deficient rainfall (10 districts from Vidarbha and one from Marathwada), 17 recorded normal rainfall and eight recorded more than their average June to September rain.
The weather was in full form as of the four climatic subdivisions in the state, Konkan recorded 10% excess rainfall and central Maharashtra recorded 18% excess rain. Marathwada recorded 4% deficient rain, with Nanded having the least amount of rain in the district. Vidarbha recorded 23% deficient rainfall. This rainfall has exceeded expectations in these parts.
Officials from the weather bureau said India recorded a 5.2% deficient monsoon between June and September this year as compared to an above normal monsoon last year.
“In 2016 Maharashtra recorded normal to above normal rainfall. However, this year that is not the case as the Vidarbha district has many sub-divisions recording deficient rain. The remaining three sub divisions have done well,” said KS Hosalikar, deputy director general, western region, India Meteorological Department. “While June rainfall was good, the monsoon performance during July and the first two weeks of August was not good with longer periods of subdued monsoon activity. The recovery took place from August end and September that helped cover a large portion of the deficit.”
He further added the withdrawal for the southwest monsoon over the state has been delayed. “Currently, the withdrawal is over north Gujarat. It is good that the withdrawal has been delayed since we can hope for some more rain in the first 10-12 days of October and bridge the deficit,” said Hosalikar.