Monsoon likely to hit Mumbai by next weekend, but light rain expected

MUMBAI: Monsoon could hit Mumbai by the next weekend as the IMD expects a near-normal arrival of the season in the city. Monsoon usually hits Mumbai on June 10.

South-west monsoon hit Kerala on May 30–two days before its normal onset date of June1. Mumbaikars are therefore hopeful of its early arrival in the city too.

The city has been witnessing pre-monsoon showers since the past few days which, the IMD has forecast, are likely to continue. Pre-monsoon showers were first experienced on May 12 in parts of Mumbai and Navi Mumbai and have continued since then. KS Hosalikar, deputy direcgeneral, western region, tor-general, western region, IMD, said, “We expect a nearnormal onset of monsoon in Mumbai. Pre-monsoon showers are expected over the next few days due to strong westerly winds,” he said.

 On Thursday , IMD’s Colaba and Santacruz observatories recorded no rainfall. But it has forcast light showers in the next 24 hours.

Meanwhile, humidity leve ls continued to be high. The relative humidity recorded by the IMD’s Colaba observatory was 83% on Thursday while the Santacruz observatory recorded 73%. Maximum temperatures hovered around 35 degree Celsius.
“Conditions continue to remain favourable for further advance of the south-west monsoon into remaining parts of south Arabian Sea, some parts of central Arabian Sea, Karnataka, parts of Tamil Nadu, the Bay of Bengal and some parts of the north-eastern states during the next two to three days,” stated the IMD forecast.

Last year, monsoon had missed its normal onset date of June 10 with Mumbai and reached the city 10 days late.
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