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Unprecedented rainfall washes Mumbai; thundershowers & rain predicted for next 48 hours

Mumbaikars can expect light rains for the next 2 days with a rise in humidity level.

Mumbai woke up to an unseasonal rainfall on Saturday, with the maximum temperature being marked at 27°C. India's financial capital was in for a surprise this morning, that came in the form of heavy rainfall. Prominent areas of the city like Santa Cruz and Colaba, have recorded a total of 0.7mm and 1.8 mm of rainfall, respectively, in the last 24 hours. Residents of Mumbai can expect light rains for the next 2 days with a rise in humidity level.

Thundershowers & light rain for the next 48 hours

As per reports from the Indian Meteorological Department, the city can expect thundershowers and light rains for the next 48 hours, with the humidity level lurking at 68% as yet. Mumbai has been facing light showers since Friday, probably due to the development of low pressure in the Arabian Sea. Further, the escalation of western disturbances in the northern parts, extending to the northwest and western India, also brought down the maximum temperature of the city.

Improvement in Mumbai's AQI

The light showers of rain have definitely improved the air-quality index of Mumbai, from 145 units on Friday to 110 units on Saturday. Unseasonal rainfall affected the commute in the city with delayed local trains and jam-packed roads.

According to IMD, residents of Mumbai can expect a winter spell but the minimum temperature will remain unaffected. Even though the maximum temperature saw a drop to 27°C, the minimum temperature was 3.7 degrees above normal, at 25°C. Last December, a similar scenario of low pressure in the Arabian Sea lead to unseasonal rainfall in Mumbai.

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