The city woke up to a thick cloud cover and thundershowers on Saturday. The Santacruz weather station recorded 36.6mm of rain between 8.30am and 5.30pm, which was 5mm more than the 31.7mm that fell on June 17, 2014 - the highest in a 24-hour period in June that year. However, it was much lower than the 283.4mm recorded on June 19, 2015.
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The weather bureau said that these were pre-monsoon showers and that the rains have not kept its date in Mumbai, with the normal onset of the monsoon season set on June 10.
The Colaba weather station recorded 3.7mm between 8.30am and 5.30pm. Between 8.30am Friday and 8.30am Saturday, south Mumbai recorded 6.8mm of rain. However, during the same time, the suburbs observed only negligible rainfall.
Weathermen said the onset of the southwest monsoon was expected in Mumbai in the next 72 hours. “The monsoon rains have not reached Mumbai yet but the city received a good amount of rainfall on Saturday,” said KS Hosalikar, deputy director general, western region, India Meteorological Department. “The cloudiness is expected to persist as winds are now coming from the sea, bringing in a lot of moisture. We expect thundershowers accompanied by gusty winds over the next 24 hours.”
Hosalikar added that the south Konkan areas have been receiving good amount of rain over the last 24 hours with Goa recording 46mm between Friday and Saturday.
Commuters were seen carrying umbrellas on Saturday as Mumbaiites welcomed the downpour. “It is such a relief that the rain gods decided to bless the city with much-needed showers. While we fear waterlogging issues, at least a drop in temperatures will be liberating,” said Anumita Sarkar, resident of Matunga. Weathermen from private weather forecasting agency Skymet said the city is likely to receive more rainfall than what was observed on Saturday morning through the rest of the weekend.