- In a revival of the southwest monsoon over the west coast, continuous rain has been lashing Mumbai and parts of Konkan since Sunday night.
- Recording over 1,400 mm, Mumbai experienced one of its heaviest showers of July. But now, more rain is expected over the maximum city all through this week.
- The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has placed five districts, including Mumbai, on a red alert as intense rain is expected during the next few hours, and continuous rain till August 6.
So What is causing such heavy rain?
- Multiple and simultaneous favourable weather systems are presently active, which have revived the southwest monsoon.
- According to IMD bulletin on Wednesday morning, a cyclonic circulation lies over south Gujarat and neighbourhood at middle and upper troposphere levels.
- As a consequence, southwesterly monsoon flow has strengthened over the Arabian sea with southwesterly winds speed reaching 50-60 kmph along and off Konkan Coast at surface and lower tropospheric levels
- In addition, the monsoon trough, which now lies at its normal position, is expected to shift southwards which will further intensify rainfall activity in the coming three to four days.