It’s time to unpack your umbrellas and windcheaters. On Thursday, the monsoon clouds advanced into Maharashtra and are just 250 km away from Mumbai.
“The clouds have advanced from Karwar in Karnataka to Ratnagiri and will head towards Sangli and Anantpur. This condition is expected to last for three days before advancing to Mumbai,” said R.V. Sharma, deputy director, western region, India Meteorological Department (IMD).
The IMD website has forecasted heavy rainfall for the next two days — June 11 and 12. In the last 24 hours, the city has received light pre-monsoon showers (1.4 mm in Santacruz). With no rain recorded in Colaba, humidity level touched 91 per cent on Thursday.
Since June 1, Mumbai has received a total of 115.7 mm rainfall — 10.7 mm in Colaba and 105 mm in Santacruz.
With rising humidity and a maximum temperature of 34 degree Celsius, Mumbaiites are counting the days for the monsoon to arrive. “I am tired of reading that these are pre-monsoon showers. Once it begins raining, I can go trekking on weekends,” said Rohit Shah (30), a software professional.
Usually, the monsoon arrives in Mumbai on June 10, but has been delayed because of cyclone Phet, which brushed past the Gujarat coast last week.