Mumbaikars continue to face a hot and humid climate as rains took a break on Thursday. However, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) in its 24-hour forecast has predicted light to moderate spells of rain or thundershowers at isolated places in the city and suburbs.
According to data shared by the BMC, the island city, eastern suburbs, and western suburbs recorded 11.81 mm, 14.88 mm and 6.67 mm rain, respectively, in the last 24 hours.
Meanwhile, a high tide of 4.54 metres is expected at 12.13 pm in Mumbai. Also, a low tide of 0.23 metres is likely to occur at 6.20 pm today.
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.
Meanwhile, IMD said that the withdrawal of the Southwest Monsoon commenced on Wednesday and it receded from some parts of West Rajasthan and adjoining Gujarat.
This is the second-most delayed withdrawal of the Southwest Monsoon since 1975. Monsoon withdrawal from northwest India in 2019 started on October 9, according to R K Jenamani, senior forecaster with the National Weather Forecasting Centre of the IMD.
The withdrawal of the Southwest Monsoon from northwest India usually begins from September 17. The wind system is expected to retreat from Delhi in three to four days.
"In view of the establishment of an anti-cyclonic circulation in the lower tropospheric levels over western parts of northwest India and substantial reduction in moisture content and rainfall, the withdrawal of the Southwest Monsoon has commenced," the IMD said in a statement.
The Southwest Monsoon has withdrawn from some parts of West Rajasthan and adjoining Gujarat, it said, adding that the withdrawal line passes through Bikaner, Jodhpur, Jalore, Bhuj and Lat.
"Conditions are favourable for further withdrawal of the Southwest Monsoon from some more parts of Gujarat, entire Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and some parts of Madhya Pradesh during the next three to four days," the MeT Department said.
The monsoon withdrawal started on September 28 last year, October 9 in 2019, September 29 in 2018, September 27 in 2017 and September 15 in 2016, according to IMD data.
The country received "normal" rainfall during the four-month Southwest Monsoon season from June to September. All India monsoon rainfall during June 1 to September 30 has been 87 cm against the Long Period Average of 88 cm of 1961-2010 (99 percent of its LPA).
This is for the third consecutive year that the country has recorded rainfall in the normal or above normal category. Rainfall was above normal in 2019 and 2020.
(With inputs from PTI)
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