Cool down! Mumbai gets its 1st rains, but monsoon is still some weeks away

Mumbai: Mumbai and its suburbs got a taste of the advancing monsoon on Friday evening when smart showers drenched Navi Mumbai, Vashi, Thane, Panvel, Ghatkopar, Sion, Nasik, Trambakeshwar and the western suburbs of Andheri and Santa Cruz. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted more showers and thunderstorm over the next four days in the city and some areas of the state. But all this is routine pre-monsoon activity the IMD clarified.

Summer has been particularly harsh this year with temperatures touching the 40 degree mark in many areas of the state. The weather in Mumbai, too, has been hot and humid.

The rains, will, however, not bring down the temperature appreciably. IMD officials said the showers will only increase the humidity and make life more uncomfortable. “The mercury will hover around the 34-35 degrees Celsius mark during this period. There will be cloudy skies for the next four days in the city,” K.S. Hosalikar, deputy director-general of meteorology at the IMD, said.

Monsoon, in all likelihood, will hit the city at the end of this month. The IMD has predicted that the rainy season this time will arrive five to six days before its scheduled date. It is already nearing the Andamans and will hit Kerala around the 16th of May. After that, the clouds will steadily move inland. The IMD has predicted normal monsoon this year.

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