October 4, 2015 1:37:32 am
Mumbaikars reeling under the scorching heat for the past few days were relieved with bursts of heavy rainfall lashing the island city and suburbs on Saturday. The island city received 25.8mm of rainfall on Saturday evening, while the suburbs received 8 mm rainfall as per the India Meteorological Department.
The IMD said thundershower activity led to the rainfall. IMD Director V K Rajeev said, “These rains can be purely attributed to the thundershower activity.”
The maximum temperature recorded in the island city was 31.8 degree Celsius while the minimum temperature was 26 degree Celsius. The relative humidity in the city was 75 per cent. In the suburbs, the maximum temperature recorded on Saturday was 31.8 degree Celsius while the minimum temperature dropped to 25 degree Celsius. The relative humidity in the suburbs was 74 per cent.
An IMD official said till 5.30 pm on Saturday, there was no rainfall recorded either in the suburbs or the island city.
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The rainfall is also good news for the city, which is currently reeling under a 20 per cent water cut for residential properties and 50 per cent for commercial establishments.
According to data released by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the total usable content in all the seven lakes, supplying water to the city, is 11.43 lakh million litres, as of Friday. In 2014, the seven lakes had 14 lakh million litres at the same time.
Mumbai had been witnessing spiraling temperatures over the last week due to a prolonged dry spell. The last rainfall that the city witnessed was on September 23. This had caused a spurt in temperature over the last few days.
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