Monsoon to hit city today

Unlike Wednesday,the south-west monsoon did not advance further on Thursday but is still expected to reach Mumbai by Friday evening,said the Met department.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:June 8, 2012 12:03 am

Unlike Wednesday,the south-west monsoon did not advance further on Thursday but is still expected to reach Mumbai by Friday evening,said the Met department.

After the south-west monsoon arrived in the country four days behind schedule on Tuesday — reaching Kerala and some parts of coastal Karnataka,south Tamil Nadu and central Bay of Bengal — it further advanced to other states on Wednesday,including southern Maharashtra on the western coast. However,it did not progress on Thursday.

“The south-west monsoon reached Harnai in Ratnagiri district and Satara on Wednesday and we were expecting it to reach Mumbai within 48 hours. However,the monsoon did not advance today and was stagnated at the same locations. We are still expecting it to reach Mumbai by Friday evening but due to today’s development,we will have to watch the conditions,” said N Y Apte,Deputy Director General,India Meteorological Department (IMD),Mumbai.

Meanwhile,some areas of the city got pre-monsoon showers on Thursday with the suburbs recording 0.2 mm rainfall from 8.30 am to 8.30 pm. However,maximum temperatures,which had fallen sharply the previous day on account of heavy clouds and showers,shot up again. The island city recorded 35 degrees up from 29.6 degrees the previous day,while the suburbs recorded 33 degrees,up from 30.5 degrees.

Relative humidity at 8.30 am on Thursday was 82 per cent and 71 per cent in Colaba and Santacruz respectively,while in the evening it was 65 per cent and 78 per cent respectively.

The Met department attributed the rise in temperatures to a clear sky. “Since there was an overcast sky for most of the day on Wednesday,the sun radiation could not penetrate and reach the surface,leading to a fall in temperatures. However,the sky was mostly clear on Thursday and thus temperatures rose again,” said V K Rajeev,Director of weather forecast,IMD Mumbai.

Weathermen expect rain or thundershowers in some areas on Friday but no significant change in temperatures is expected.

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