PRE-MONSOON showers finally arrived in Mumbai on Sunday, bringing much-needed relief to the sweltering city. Moderate rainfall was reported from across the city, which also caused waterlogging in certain areas and led to traffic snarls.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted a cloudy sky and spells of rain or thundershowers for the next two days as well.
Maximum temperature dropped from 34.2 degree Celsius to 31 degree Celsius and weathermen said it would dip further during the week. “It has been very cloudy throughout the day. The rains have reached north of Ratnagiri and the monsoon currents have almost reached the city. The onset of monsoon can be expected in another 24-48 hours,” said K S Hosalikar, deputy director-general of IMD, western region.
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The rains were earlier predicted to arrive in the city by June 14.
According to figures last updated, the Colaba weather station recorded 22.4 mm of rainfall and the weather station in Santacruz recorded 25.6 mm. The temperatures recorded at Colaba and Santacruz were 24.6 and 25.6 degrees respectively.
Disaster Management officials said that owing to high wind velocity and rainfall, nine cases of trees falls were reported in areas such as Andheri West, Mulund, Santacruz, Bandra East and Prabhadevi. However, no injuries were reported.
Waterlogging was reported in areas including Hindmata, N C Kelkar Road and Ranade Road in Dadar, Gandhi Market in Kings Circle and R A Kidwai Market in Wadala West.
At the time of filing this report, civic officials said 63 pumps were in service to drain out water from the waterlogged areas.
The first big showers saw the island city recording more rains than the suburbs. According to the BMC Disaster Management cell, the island city received an average of 36.92 mm rainfall over two hours.
The western suburbs recorded 15.28 mm and eastern suburbs recorded the least with an average of 9.2 mm.
As per the BMC’s hydraulic engineering department’s data collected on June 19, barring Upper Vaitarna, rainfall was reported at all the other six lakes, though substantially lesser than last year’s rainfall. The BMC’s stock currently has 1,02, 658 million litres of water, enough for around 14 days.