Monsoon to hit Mumbai around June 8-10: IMD
Mumbai city news: Parts of the city recorded light rain between Monday night and Tuesday morningmumbai Updated: May 31, 2017 01:23 IST
The monsoon is likely to keep its date with the city this year. After the rains touched the Kerala coast on Tuesday, marking its entry into the Indian mainland, the weather bureau said monsoon is likely to touch the Konkan coast, which Mumbai is a part of, between June 8 and 10. The weather system can be plus-minus four days from the predicted dates, the weather bureau said.
Last year, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had predicted June 12 as the monsoon arrival date, although it reached the city only by June 20. The monsoon hit Andaman and Nicobar Islands on May 14, three days before its usual date of onset in the country.
“On the basis of the currents and movement of the southwest monsoon from Kerala onwards, the probable date for it set over Mumbai and the rest of the Konkan coast is between June 8 and 10,” said Sunita Devi, director, weather central, IMD Pune.
IMD officials from New Delhi said the southwest monsoon was moving fast over the southern peninsula. “Over the next three to four days, the southwest monsoon will cover coastal, southern parts of Karnataka and some parts of Tamil Nadu,” said Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, head, weather forecasting services, IMD.
Meanwhile, parts of the city recorded light rain between Monday night and Tuesday morning. On Tuesday, negligible rain was recorded till 5.30pm.
“The weather system, in the form of an anti-cyclonic circulation, has now shifted north-westwards over the Arabian Sea. This weather system was suppressing any kind of convection that could lead to cloud formation over the Konkan coast. Now, this has allowed the setting in of the southwest monsoon over Kerala and pre-monsoon showers over Mumbai and surrounding areas,” said Devi.
While day temperatures were similar both at south Mumbai and the suburbs, light rain helped reduce night temperature in the suburbs.
While 35.2 degrees Celsius was recorded at Colaba, 1.3 degree Celsius above normal, 34.6 degrees Celsius, 1.1 degrees Celsius above normal, was recorded at Santacruz. The night temperature at Santacruz was closer to the normal mark at 28 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperature at Colaba was almost 2 degrees Celsius above normal.