As monsoon advanced in Mumbai, heavy rainfall lashed the city and nearby areas including neighbouring Thane on Wednesday. The showers brought a much-needed respite from the heat.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said monsoon finally has arrived in Mumbai two days prior to its arrival date. "Monsoon has arrived in Mumbai today, normal arrival date is 10th June every year so it has arrived prior to the average arrival date," Dr Jayanta Sarkar, Deputy Director General (DDG) - IMD Mumbai, told news agency ANI.
IMD in its 24-hour forecast has predicted a generally cloudy sky with moderate to heavy rain in the city and suburbs. IMD also said there is a possibility of very heavy rainfall at isolated places.
Parts of the city reported waterlogging after heavy lashed city. Meanwhile, South Mumbai has been witnessing heavy rainfall since late Tuesday night. The IMD recorded rainfall in Santacruz at 50.4 mm and in Colaba at 65.4 mm.
IMD's Santacruz observatory on Wednesday recorded the maximum temperature at 32.1 degrees Celsius, while the Colaba observatory recorded a maximum temperature of 28.2 degrees Celsius. The Santacruz observatory in the western suburbs recorded a minimum temperature of 25.4 degrees Celsius, while the Colaba observatory recorded a minimum temperature of 24.5 degrees Celsius.
The IMD in a tweet said that the southwest monsoon is likely to advance into more parts of Maharashtra and is likely to advance into more parts of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, some parts of Odisha, and more parts of West Bengal during the next two days.
Earlier, the IMD issued a warning of a heavy downpour for Mumbai and adjoining areas from June 9 to 13. The IMD on Saturday had confirmed the arrival of the southwest monsoon in Maharashtra as it reached Harnai in coastal Ratnagiri district. But, despite favourable conditions, the monsoon's further progress seemed to be slow.
On Tuesday, The IMD said in an afternoon forecast that thunderstorms accompanied with lightning or gusty winds and very heavy rain were very likely at isolated places in Mumbai, Raigad, Thane, Palghar, Pune, Nashik and some parts of Marathwada in central Maharashtra.