After a 10-day delay, the monsoon season finally arrived in the city on Monday, confirmed the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
“The monsoon line now passes through remaining parts of central Arabian Sea. Monsoon has covered remaining parts of Vidarbha, Marathwada and most parts of central Maharashtra,” said KS Hosalikar, deputy director general, western region, IMD.
Between 8.30pm on Sunday and 8.30am on Monday, south Mumbai recorded 41.6mm rain and 33.4mm in the suburbs.
The official date for the onset of monsoon in Mumbai is June 10. For almost a week, it did not advance beyond Karwar on north Karnataka because of a weak offshore trough between Kerala and Karnataka. On Saturday, it entered Maharashtra from Vidarbha via the unusual Bay of Bengal route instead of the Arabian Sea. The last time monsoon set in late was in 2010.
Weathermen said conditions are favourable for the southwest monsoon to advance to the remaining parts of central Maharashtra, some parts of north Arabian Sea, south Gujarat, parts of Madhya Pradesh and east Uttar Pradesh, and the remaining parts of Bihar, in the next 48 hours.