Monsoon to arrive within 48 hours, says IMD

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jun 20, 2016 01:12 IST
Citizens rejoice at the arrival of pre-monsoon showers on Sunday. (HT Photo)

The city woke up to cloudy skies and showers, even as weathermen said the onset of the southwest monsoon in Mumbai is likely to take up to 48 hours from Sunday. Between 8.30am and 5.30pm, the suburbs recorded 3.6mm rainfall, while south Mumbai recorded 3.2mm. While no rainfall was recorded at the Colaba weather station from 8.30pm Saturday to 8.30am Sunday, the weather station at Santacruz recorded 2mm rainfall.

The pre-monsoon showers brought down day temperatures to normal levels at 31.6 degrees Celsius in south Mumbai and 31.2 degrees Celsius in the suburbs. The humidity levels at both the weather stations continued to stay high at 89%. The minimum temperature was four degrees above normal at Colaba at 30 degrees Celsius, and normal at 27 degree Celsius at Santacruz.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) declared the monsoon’s arrival in Maharashtra on Saturday, setting in from Vidarbha. On Sunday, the monsoon had reached Harnai in south Konkan. “The monsoon has advanced into the central Arabian Sea. Its onset in Mumbai could even be declared in 24 hours,” said KS Hosalikar, deputy director general, western region, IMD. “The offshore trough that was weak, and stuck between Kerala and Karnataka can now be seen in north and south Konkan. The winds are also westerly and south westerly and the skies are cloudy. Maharashtra is witnessing widespread rainfall across different regions.”

On Saturday, the monsoon set into the state from Vidarbha via the Bay of Bengal, and not the regular south Konkan route. “There was also a cyclonic circulation, which moved into land, showering over Orissa, coastal Andhra Pradesh, Raipur and some parts of Vidarbha and Marathwada,” said Hosalikar.

Bikers drive through flooded streets at Sion on Sunday. (HT Photo)

Waterlogging at Sion, Hindmata, Parel

The pre-monsoon showers caused waterlogging in many locations including Hindmata, Hindmata, Sion, Gandhi market in Matunga, Kala Nagar junction, Dadar TT, Santacruz and SV Road. Social media websites were abuzz with pictures of flooded localities posted by irked residents. Nikhil Desai, a Matunga resident, said, “Despite installing four de-watering pumps, an hour of rainfall flooded Gandhi market. Locals had to wade through ankle-deep water. The north-bound traffic was affected. The only saving grace was that it was a Sunday with not many cars on the road.”

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