Monsoon reaches Mumbai two days in advance | Mumbai News

MUMBAI: The southwest monsoon hit Mumbai on Sunday (June 9), two days before its expected arrival date, according to IMD. Previously, in the years 2021 and 2018, the onset of monsoon was declared on June 9 .
BMC has claimed that it has completed all the pre-monsoon works, including the required desilting of drains and winding up of road repairs, which would be restarted after monsoon.However, residents looked sceptical. “In Bandra, several road works are incomplete and the locality in a mess,” said a local resident.
The declaration about monsoon onset came after the city and other parts of MMR such as Thane and Kalyan saw significant rain activity in the intervening night of June 8 and 9. Rain recorded in the 24 hours ending 8.30am on Sunday by IMD’s Colaba observatory was 8.8mm while the Santacruz observatory recorded 19.8mm of rain.
IMD officials said that the monsoon onset was declared as the criteria set by the weather office had been fulfilled. “For declaring onset, at least 3-4 locations should record over 2.5mm rains and the westerly winds should be strong. Due to gradual strengthening of westerly winds in association with south west monsoon, a gradual increase in rainfall activity is expected over parts of Maharashtra during next 2-3 days.We are expecting rain activity to continue till June 14 after which we would monitor the situation,” said Sunil Kamble, the chief scientist of IMD Mumbai.
Meanwhile, owing to the rain activity a part of the road in Palghar district of Maharashtra caved-in, affecting traffic movement on the busy Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway for more than four hours on Sunday morning.
(With PTI inputs)


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