It's time for Mumbaiites to keep their umbrellas and raincoats ready. The monsoon’s arrival in Mumbai could just be a day away.
According to officials from the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the monsoon reached Alibaug on Saturday. “It could hit the city in the next 24 to 48 hours,” said VK Rajeev, director, western region, IMD. “The winds will come from the south-westerly direction and it will rain through the day and over a larger area, unlike the pre-monsoon showers.”
In Mumbai, June 10 is the usual monsoon onset date. However, this year, the southwest monsoons reached India three days in advance, on June 1, and two days before time in Maharashtra on June 3.
On Saturday afternoon, dark clouds over the city brought heavy pre-monsoon showers along with lightening. During the day, humidity levels crossed 90% in both south Mumbai and suburbs. “Humidity levels continue to remain very high in the city resulting in cloud formation and resultant rains,” said Rajeev.
The rains caused waterlogging in some areas like Kurla, Dadar and Sion near the railway stations, while tree collapse incidents were reported in Wadala, Mahim and Kurla.
The Central Railway services were also hit as a couple of trains had to be cancelled and the operational services were running 15-20 minutes behind schedule.
The IMD has forecast cloudy skies with rain or thundershowers for the next 24 hours with maximum temperature dipping to 31 degree celsius and minimum temperature at 24 degree celsius.