Keeping up with the forecast issued by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Mumbai and its suburbs received heavy rainfall in some areas on Wednesday and Thursday. IMD, on Thursday, stated that four districts of Maharashtra --Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad-- would witness heavy rainfall on June 18 and June 19. It has predicted light to moderate rainfall or thundershowers in the city and its suburban areas with the possibility of heavy rainfall at isolated places.
Meanwhile, during the 24 hours ending at 8.30 am on Thursday, the Colaba observatory (that represents south Mumbai) recorded 102mm rainfall. Santacruz observatory (that represents the suburbs) observed 31.4mm rainfall during this period. The season’s total for Santacruz stands (since June 1) at 757.7mm, an excess of 540.6mm from the normal. The normal monthly rainfall for June as per the Santacruz station is 505 mm. At the Colaba observatory, 552.6 mm of rainfall has been recorded during the same period, as against the average monthly rainfall of 540.9 mm for the month.
Heavy rainfall has also been recorded in other areas under the Konkan belt. Mahabaleshwar recorded a rainfall of 200mm in 24 hours ending at 8.30 am on Thursday, the highest of this season so far. Meanwhile, Ratnagiri and Vengurla recorded 65mm and 90mm, respectively, during this period. Heavy rainfall lashed on the lee side of ghats also and Sangli, Satara, and Kolhapur recorded a rainfall of 85mm, 52mm, and 85mm, respectively.
"An offshore trough runs from south Karnataka to north Kerala coast. Under its influence, widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely over Konkan, Goa, and Madhya (Central) Maharashtra during the next 2 to 3 days. Isolated extremely heavy rainfall is also very likely over Maharashtra and Goa in the next 24 hours," a bulletin released by IMD stated.