The Indian Meteorology Department (IMD) has reported a significant amount of rainfall in Mumbai in the past 24 hours. According to IMD, the Santacruz observatory recorded 203.7 mm of rain, while the coastal observatory at Colaba recorded 103 mm.
In the hours between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm on Saturday, Santacruz received an additional 27.6 mm of rain, and Colaba recorded 6.8 mm.
This recent rainfall has broken previous records for the season, with the highest single-day rain recorded on June 25 at 176.1 mm, followed by 121.6 mm on June 29. Notably, July 18 saw the highest rainfall for this month with 119.9 mm.
Interestingly, the IMD data reveals that in the period between 2015 and 2023, rain above 200 mm in a single day during July was recorded only twice, once each in 2020 and 2021.
According to Sushma Nair, a scientist from IMD Mumbai, Mumbai is likely to experience moderate to heavy rainfall until the end of the weekend. The city is currently affected by a low-pressure system coupled with a cyclonic circulation over south Chhattisgarh, intensifying the conditions for rainfall in Mumbai and neighboring districts.
The total rainfall in Mumbai from July 1 to July 22 has surpassed 1,000 mm, with all primary areas recording rainfall in three-digit figures. Andheri East (Marol) recorded 215 mm, Vikhroli 200 mm, Vidyavihar 186 mm, Juhu 180 mm, Chembur 172 mm, Ghatkopar 169 mm, Ville Parle 165 mm, Kurla 150 mm, Bhandup 146 mm, Ram Mandir 127 mm, Mulund 110 mm, CSMT 106 mm, and Colaba 103 mm.
IMD officials have issued an Orange alert for Mumbai, indicating heavy to very heavy rain for 24 hours. On Sunday (July 23), a Yellow alert was given, indicating a decrease in rainfall. Thane and Palghar received a Red Alert, and Raigad is under an Orange alert.
Other areas in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) also experienced heavy rainfall, resulting in waterlogging. The city’s water stock increased by 5% in the past 24 hours, reaching 47.54%.
In the catchment areas of several lakes, significant rainfall was recorded, including 163 mm in Tulsi Lake, 146 mm in Vehar Lake, 134 mm in Modak Sagar, 101 mm in Tansa Lake, 93 mm in Bhatsa Lake, 60 mm in Upper Vaitarna, and 39 mm in Middle Vaitarna.