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Pre Monsoon Mumbai rains begin, mercury drops below 30 degrees Celsius

March 15, 2018 6:15 PM |

Updated on March 15, 2018, 06:00 PM: Mumbai rains of light intensity have already begun as the well marked low pressure area continues to persist in the Arabian Sea off Karnataka Coast. Clouding was persisting since early morning hours and as reiterated by Skymet Weather, rains have begun during the later part of the day.

Although rainfall activity remained absent during the morning hours, cloud cover had restricted the rise in mercury. Thus, today the maximum in Mumbai went below the 30-degree mark and settled at 29.4 degrees Celsius which happens to be below the normal levels.

This has resulted in massive relief for Mumbaikars who were witnessing intense heat. This weather activity will be short lived and may taper down by tomorrow. However, isolated weather activity cannot be ruled out.

Published on March 15, 2018: Finally the day has arrived when Mumbai is finally going to see some rain and thundershowers. Although, this activity would not be intense in nature but would definitely bring some relief from the scorching heat.

Mumbai rains have remained in hiding ever since December. In fact, the last rainy spell was witnessed On December 5 and December 6, wherein the city had recorded 22 mm and 53 mm of rainfall, respectively.

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As reiterated by Skymet Weather, these rains can be attributed to the well marked low pressure area that is presently seen over Lakshadweep and adjoining Southeast Arabian Sea. The system has been moving in north-northwest direction parallel to the West Coast, although far away from the coast.

Now as the system nears, weather conditions are slowly becoming conducive for some weather activity all along Konkan & Goa and Coastal Karnataka. A trough is also extending from this system to Konkan & Goa region. Apart from this, a cyclonic circulation can also be seen over North Madhya Maharashtra, which would further aide the weather activity.

As the radar shows, clouding can already be seen over entire Mumbai. As the day progresses, we can expect formation of convective clouds over the city, leading to rains and thundershowers of varying intensity on Thursday.

According to Skymet Weather, most of the intense clouding is being confined to sea only, but it’s the peripheral of the system that are affecting the coastal areas. Thus, any heavy showers are ruled out over Mumbai.

These showers are expected during the latter part of the day. However, clouding has restricted the rise in mercury. Around 11:30 am, mercury was hovering around 28°C, while at the same time yesterday it was 34°C.

Today, we do not expect maximum temperature to go beyond 32°C. For the last many days, day maximums have been settling in mid 30s, which has been well above the normal average temperatures. On Wednesday, Mumbai saw maximum temperatures settling at 36.3°C, which was three degrees above normal.

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