Mumbai witnessed continuous moderate rainfall as well as heavy rainfall in isolated places on Thursday due to strong winds and the formation of a trough. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted ‘very heavy rainfall’ in the city and suburbs for the next 48 hours, according to IMD, rainfall crossing more than 115 mm indicates very heavy rainfall. The humidity level in the city also remained above 95% on Thursday.
Head of IMD Mumbai, Jayanta Sarkar said, "A warning of 'very heavy rainfall' has been declared over Mumbai and nearby regions for the next two days, and people are requested to take the necessary precautions. The Konkan belt was given an orange alert on Thursday which will continue for the next 24 hours."
"Mumbai city witnessed heavy rainfall on Thursday due to strong westerly winds and an offshore trough between the southern coast of Gujarat to the northern coast of Konkan," added the official.
IMD official, K S Hosalikar said, "Mumbai and neighboring areas experienced moderate to intense rains throughout the day on Thursday, which Mumbaikars were waiting for a very long time."
City doctors have urged citizens to take extra precautions during the monsoon to avoid contracting dengue, leptospirosis, or malaria. Moreover, they should keep the premises of their residential buildings and surrounding areas clean to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes. “Mumbaikars should visit the nearby clinics or inform community health volunteers if they experience symptoms like fever with chills, joint pains, rashes, cough, breathlessness, diarrhea, vomiting, and sore throat. Moreover, they should avoid self-medication and eat healthy to boost their immune system,” said Dr. Ramesh Bharmal, former dean of B.Y.L Nair hospital.
On Thursday, the minimum temperature recorded in Santacruz was 24.4 °C and the maximum was 30.7°C, also the relative humidity was 95%. And Colaba experienced a minimum temperature of 24.9°C and a maximum temperature of 29.8 °C with a relative humidity of 97%.
Meanwhile, as per data from the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), Mumbai recorded a good Air Quality Index (AQI) with an AQI of 18 on Thursday and other cities like Delhi, Pune and Ahmedabad recorded an AQI of 43, 22 and 27 respectively.
The lower the AQI value, the cleaner the air, while a higher AQI indicates a greater level of air pollution and health concerns.