Have week­end plans? Heavy rain may be spoiler, says weather dept

It could be the 8th wet week­end this sea­son; ex­pect down­pour to­day, to­mor­row in Mum­bai and Thane

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

MUM­BAI:THE weather bureau has pre­dicted in­creased rain­fall in the city from Satur­day.

In­ter­mit­tent rain with iso­lated heavy spells is ex­pected on Satur­day and Sun­day for Mum­bai, Pal­ghar, Raigad and Thane, ac­cord­ing to the weather bureau.

“Due to the for­ma­tion of a low pres­sure area over north-west Bay of Ben­gal, two up­per air cy­clonic cir­cu­la­tions – one over Ch­hat­tis­garh and the other over south Gu­jarat - can pull mois­ture in­cur­sions from the Ara­bian Sea, giv­ing rain over the north Konkan coast, in­clud­ing Mum­bai over the week­end and on Mon­day,” said Ajay Ku­mar, sci­en­tist, In­dia Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Depart­ment (IMD), Mum­bai. “We ex­pect these weather sys­tems to per­sist and give heavy rain through the week.”

Co­in­ci­den­tally, this year, Mum­bai’s week­ends have seen an in­crease in rain­fall ac­tiv­ity.

The mon­soon on­set had taken place over Mum­bai on June 9 (Satur­day) and the city recorded 164mm rain dur­ing that week­end.

On June 24 (Sun­day), the city recorded its third high­est all­time 24-hour June rain­fall at 231.4mm rain. Last week­end, Mum­bai recorded 131.4mm of rain over 24 hours.in the first five weeks of this mon­soon, Mum­bai has recorded 1669.2mm rain as against 2260mm rain (74%) for four months of the mon­soon sea­son (June to Septem­ber), and 2373mm an­nual av­er­age rain (70%).

Two up­per air cy­clonic cir­cu­la­tions can pull mois­ture in­cur­sions from the sea, giv­ing rain over the north Konkan coast, in­clud­ing Mum­bai, over the week­end and on Mon­day. AJAY KU­MAR , sci­en­tist, IMD

ANSHUMAN POYREKAR/HT PHOTO

Nine met­ric tons of garbage, thrown out of sea dur­ing high tide on Thurs­day and Fri­day at Marine Drive was col­lected by civic body work­ers.

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