As cyclone Ockhi moved from the southern part of the country towards Gujarat through Maharashtra, Mumbai witnessed the highest December rainfall in 142 years. Tuesday’s downpour in the financial capital was a record breaker as it halted the busy city’s life. As per the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), some areas in Mumbai received unprecedented rainfall which overtook the whopping numbers last registered in 1875. “Tuesday’s rainfall broke the record of the all-time highest December rainfall of December 12, 1967, when the city received 31.4 mm rainfall in 24 hours. This is the highest December rainfall since 1875,” said a Meteorological Department official.

Mumbai is now expected to see little rain over the course of a few days as cyclone Ockhi has now moved towards the Gujarat coast. It was first time since December 2014 that rain hit Mumbai in the last month of the year. The unseasonal rain created havoc in the city leaving everyone stunned with the amount of downpour. Temperatures remained low due to the rain and saw minimal change. The afternoon and evening time was reported chillier than the dawn in many areas. Colaba and Santacruz received maximum rainfall at 70.4 mm and 36 mm respectively in twenty-four hours.

The wet spell is likely to continue in Mumbai and nearby areas for at least 3-4 more days as per the weather department. “Mumbai does not receive rainfall in December. However, this time the rain is owing to the cyclone Ockhi,” said a weather department official. Even the neighbouring states of Madhya Pradesh and Goa can receive a spell of rain due to Ockhi’s assault. The temperature in Colaba went 10 degree down due to the record-breaking rain.

The schools remained shut as per the government’s order. However, office employees managed to reach work as there was minimal traffic disruption and the Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC) kept the public informed on Twitter. The Ockhi cyclone has weakened as it progresses towards Gujarat, where the public rallies of both Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have been postponed. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi’s rallies have reportedly been sidelined owing to the Ockhi rain fear.

As per the IMD, Mumbai recorded the lowest temperature due to rain in the last 10 years, the maximum temperature was the lowest in a decade. 21 degree Celsius was the minimum temperature recorded on Tuesday.