MUMBAI: July has ended with India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) Santacruz observatory setting a new record, recording 1,502mm of rain.
This year, in the first fortnight of July, normal average rainfall for the entire month (840.7mm) was reported thanks to an active monsoon. For instance, 200.8mm of rainfall was recorded in the 24-hour period between July 4-5.
The beginning of August too looks promising, with the weather bureau forecasting that the wet spell will continue.
On July 28 this year, rain reported by IMD Sanatcruz observatory touched 1,474mm, breaking the earlier rain record for the month of 1,468mm in 2014.
Weather officials pointed out that this was even when July went without a low pressure area formation either in Bay of Bengal or Arabian Sea.
“This is unusual especially as July is a major rainfall month for the country. Bay of Bengal is likely to get active with a formation of low pressure in 3-4 days,” said K S Hosalikar, deputy director-general (western region), IMD.
IMD issued a yellow alert for Sunday, forecasting heavy rain at isolated places is very likely, while for August 3-4, an orange alert has been issued, forecasting heavy to very heavy rain at few places. “The west coast is likely to get very heavy rain, including Mumbai. While a good monsoon year has good number of low pressure systems, so far without that it’s doing well. Every monsoon is different, the remaining two months should be good for the entire season’s performance,” added Hosalikar.