After all the thunder, lightning and flash showers of the past week, the 2007 monsoon crept quietly into Mumbai on Monday.
There was only sparse rain through the day, so the city only knew the monsoon had officially arrived — a week late — because the Met office said so.
“The monsoon has arrived,” said C.V.V. Bhadram, head of the India Meteorological Department. Both Colaba and Santacruz recorded 2 cm of rain. Rain in eastern suburbs like Thane and Ulhasnagar was recorded at 1 cm.
When HT asked Met officials how they decide the arrival of monsoon since it rained more on Sunday than Monday, Bhadram said: “We calculated the rainfall for 24 hours starting 8 am on Sunday. Besides, there are other factors like the type of cloud, humidity count and frequency of rain, on the basis on which we decide that the monsoon has arrived. For instance, pre-monsoon showers are sporadic, while monsoon showers come in spells.”
The weather summary added that the southwest monsoon has advanced into the entire central Arabian Sea, Konkan-Goa, more parts of central Maharashtra, Marathawada and Vidarbha.