Mumbai weather update: Mumbai city and its suburbs are set to experience another bout of monsoon showers today, with a partly cloudy sky and intermittent light to moderate rain or thundershowers expected.
According to the India Meteorological Department, high tide is predicted at 1325 hours, reaching a height of 4.41 meters, followed by a low tide at 1936 hours, with levels dropping to a mere 0.22 meters. Tomorrow, on October 3, 2023, a substantial high tide is anticipated at 0217 hours, soaring to 4.60 meters, while the low tide is expected at 0758 hours, measuring around 1.40 meters.
Over the past 24 hours, from 8 am on October 1, 2023, to 8 am today, October 2, 2023, the Mumbai Metropolitan region has experienced varying levels of rainfall. Mumbai City recorded an average rainfall of 11.43 mm during this period, while the Eastern Suburbs received 6.33 mm of rainfall, and the Western Suburbs saw a relatively lower amount of precipitation at 3.07 mm.
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Though the city experienced long dry periods during the monsoon this year, the lakes supplying water to the city are almost full on the last day of September, technically the last day of the rainy season. The BMC has hence, assured that there will be no water cut till the next monsoon.
There are seven lakes, two in Mumbai and five on the outskirts, which have a combined capacity of 14.47 lakh million litres of water. The lakes are 99.23 per cent full, with the stock reaching 14.36 lakh million litres on Saturday. "If the stock reaches 100 per cent on the last day of monsoon, then the city gets an uninterrupted supply of water," said an official from the hydraulic department of the BMC. "As the lakes are filled up to their capacities, the city won't face water cuts till the next monsoon," said Iqbal Singh Chahal, commissioner and administrator of the BMC.
Last year, the lakes had 98.5 per cent stock on the same day and the city didn't face a water cut till the end of June, 2023. The water cut was imposed on July 5 due to delayed rain, and lasted for a month due to the dry spell of monsoon. The lake levels went deep to merely seven per cent in the first week of July. But the heavy rain in July and then intermittent showers in August and September helped fill up the lakes by the end of September.