Mumbai must brace for floods this week, says a private weather forecaster

Commuters walk along flooded tacks during heavy Monsoon rains in Mumbai.Photo) (
  • Private weather forecaster Skymet has predicted heavy rains in Mumbai that pose a serious risk of floods.
  • The south-west monsoon brought clouds that have covered the Mumbai sky over the last few days with strong showers.
  • The prediction is that the rains will intensify between July 3-5 and it may cause floods.

The south-west monsoon brought clouds that have covered the Mumbai sky over the last few days and brought strong showers since Friday. The prediction is that the rains will intensify between July 3-5 and it may cause floods.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast intermittent to moderate rain for the next three days. However, private weather forecaster Skymet has predicted heavy rains in Mumbai that pose a serious risk of floods.


Mumbai, India's financial capital, witnessed over above 200 mm rainfall in 24 hours on Friday. While the rest of the country is reeling through dry spell, the average rainfall in Mumbai in June was above its long-term average, according to Skymet.

Heavy rains on Sunday night caused water logging and traffic snarls, slowing down one the metropolis on Monday (July 1). "A monsoon depression movement will be approaching near Maharashtra and the Konkan coast so we could get a little heavier spells, little respite in between before we have the next one again," GP Sharma, vice president of meteorology, Skymet told a television channel on Monday.

And another bout of rain of over 200 mm or more could bring the congested city with creaky infrastructure and the country's two biggest stock exchanges to a standstill.

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