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Southwest monsoon hits Maharashtra, likely to reach Mumbai next week

Mumbai city news: The rains are expected to hit Mumbai by June 13, three days later than normal

mumbai Updated: Jun 09, 2017 13:35 IST
HT Correspondent
Last year, the southwest monsoon arrived in Mumbai 10 days late by June 20.
Last year, the southwest monsoon arrived in Mumbai 10 days late by June 20.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

The southwest monsoon made its way into the state on Thursday.

The regional weather bureau had predicted the entry on Wednesday. It is expected to hit Mumbai by June 13, three days later than normal.

According to an official statement by the weather bureau on Thursday, the southwest monsoon has entered parts of the central Arabian Sea, coastal Karnataka, Goa and Konkan.

“The monsoon pulse is currently over Vengurla in Sindhudurg district, north of Goa. As things stand today, there is rapid advancement and will probably reach Mumbai by June 13-14,” said Dr KJ Ramesh, director general, meteorology, India Meteorological Department (IMD). “There is rapid advancement even on the east coast because there is a cyclonic circulation over the Bay of Bengal. This will help the monsoon cover Odisha and Chhattisgarh by June 14.”

Meanwhile, Mumbai recorded good overnight rainfall. Between 8.30 am Wednesday and 8.30am Thursday, the weather station at Santacruz, representative of the suburbs, recorded 12.4mm rain while the Colaba weather station, representative of south Mumbai, saw 28mm rain. The weather bureau predicted light to moderate rain over the next 24 hours from Thursday over both, the suburbs and south Mumbai.

Between Wednesday and Thursday, the maximum rainfall in the state was recorded at Vasai at 10cm, followed by Murud in Raigad district, Rahata in Ahmednagar district, Parola in Jalgaon district, all recording 7cm rain. Locations like Dahanu, Harnai and Jalgaon, recorded 5cm rain, while Panvel, Uran, Matheran, Jawahar and Rahuri recorded 4cm rain.

Last year, the southwest monsoon arrived in Mumbai 10 days late by June 20. “Every monsoon and its advancement, is different. This year, however, owing to heating over the central peninsular, there is more availability of moisture, which is allowing the speedy advancement of the monsoon currents,” said Dr Ramesh.

IMD officials said the southwest monsoon is likely to cover the entire central peninsular by next week. “We have issued a warning for fishermen along the Maharashtra coast not to venture into the sea owing to strong winds that are getting further intensified by the advancing southwest monsoon,” said Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, head, weather forecasting services, IMD.

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