Mumbai, April 18: With the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicting monsoon to be nearly 96 percent in 2019, reports inform that Mumbai will witness high tides on 28 days during this monsoon season. The high tides, which are believed to be above 4.5 metres, will lash the city during June to September. In 2018, high tides were witnessed on 24 days during the monsoon season i.e. from June to September 2018. According to a report by TOI, civic authorities and disaster management agencies including the fire brigade and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) will be on alert across the city on all the 28 days. Monsoon 2019 Forecast: IMD Predicts 'Near Normal' South West Monsoon.
Several areas in Mumbai are hit by the heavy downpour every year during the monsoon season, causing inconvenience to many residents. Apart from water-logging, the heavy rainfall, which hits areas like Kurla, Dadar, Mahim, Marine Drive, Worli, Bandra and Juhu, also brings a lot of filth and dirt to low-lying areas. The TOI report added that the highest tide will be of 4.91 metres on September 1. High Tide Alert Dates in Mumbai 2018: Calendar of High And Low Tides During This Monsoon.
Earlier this month, the IMD had predicted the monsoon to be "near-normal" this year with an expected rainfall of 96 per cent. Meanwhile, the Skymet Weather has claimed that the monsoon is likely to be "below normal" to the extent of 93 per cent.
In 2018, against a forecast of 97 per cent long term average, India had recorded 91 per cent rains at the end of July-September monsoon season. Monsoon had made an onset in Kerala on May 29, three days before it was predicted to arrive. While Mumbai witnessed 24 days of high tide in 2018, the city had witnessed 18 high-tide days in 2017. In 2018, the BMC informed that June, July, August and September, each will witness six high-tide days.