Weather update: Mumbai to get one or two spells of light to moderate rainfalls, says IMD
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The India Meteorological Department (IMD) in its 24-hour forecast has predicted one or two spells of light to moderate rainfalls in the city and suburbs on Friday.

The IMD said the island city, eastern suburbs and western suburbs recorded 2.60 mm, 2.26 mm and 1.44 mm rain, respectively, in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, a high tide of 3.61 metres is expected at 5.53 pm in Mumbai today. Also, a low tide of 1.72 metres is likely to occur at 12.48 am on Saturday.

When there is a high tide during the rainy season, it becomes difficult for the flooded water to recede. Low tide helps floodwaters in the city to find an outlet to enter the seas.

The IMD on Thursday said that the unending wait for rains and respite from searing heat in north India, including Delhi, is likely to stretch a bit longer as there are no favourable conditions for advancement of the Southwest Monsoon till July 7.

The IMD has also cautioned that the break in the monsoon could impact agricultural operations like sowing and transplantation of crops, irrigation scheduling, power requirement.

Although the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the country as a whole will receive normal rainfall in July, it has a forecast of "below normal to normal rainfall probability" over many areas of northwest India and some parts of south peninsula, central, east and northeast India.

"Normal to above normal rainfall" is most likely to be experienced over parts of central India and adjacent areas of peninsular India and Gangetic plains, it said.

IMD Director General Mrutunjay Mohapatra said rainfall is not expected to be good in the first week of July and the precipitation activity is likely to pick up in the second half of the second week of the month.

"Monthly rainfall for July 2021 over the country as a whole is most likely to be normal (94 to 106 per cent of Long Period Average)," the IMD said.

"Below normal to normal rainfall probability is likely over many areas of northwest India and some parts of south peninsula, central, east and northeast India. Normal to above-normal rainfall is most likely to be experienced over parts of central India and adjacent areas of peninsular India and Gangetic plains," it said.

The Southwest Monsoon reached Kerala, which marks the official commencement of the four-month rainfall season, on June 3, two days after its normal onset date. But it quickly covered south, east, central, east, northeast India and even some parts of north India.

The monsoon has covered the entire country except for Haryana, Delhi, parts of west Uttar Pradesh, west Rajasthan and Punjab. With no rains, temperatures have breached the 40-degree Celsius mark in several parts of north India.

The IMD said due to likely dry westerly/southwesterly winds from Pakistan to northwest India at lower levels, heatwave conditions in isolated/some pockets over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, north Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and northwest Madhya Pradesh are likely during next two days.

(With inputs form PTI)

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