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Mumbai Rains, Weather Forecast Today Live Updates: Intense spell across isolated parts in next two hours, says IMD

Mumbai Rains, Weather Forecast Today Live News Updates: Despite the declaration of the onset of the monsoon on June 14, Mumbai is yet to receive widespread rainfall.

| Mumbai, New Delhi | Updated: June 18, 2020 10:21:04 pm
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Mumbai Rains, Weather Forecast Today Live News Updates: Isolated parts of Mumbai are likely to experience heavy rainfall in the next two hours, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) announced on Thursday. Despite the onset of the monsoon on June 14, the city is yet to receive widespread rainfall.

The IMD has called this a “soft onset” of monsoon, one without heavy rain over the region. The southwest monsoon onset marks the beginning of the four-month – June to September – monsoon season over India, which brings over 70 per cent of the country’s annual rainfall. The onset for India is announced when certain criteria is fulfilled anytime after May 10. If at least 60 per cent of the 14 designated meteorological stations in Kerala and Lakshadweep report at least 2.5 mm of rain for two consecutive days after May 10, along with a few other conditions relating to wind and temperature, the onset of monsoon is said to have taken place.

Last year, Mumbai had witnessed its most delayed onset in the last 45 years after the southwest monsoon was declared over the city on June 25. In 2018, the onset date was June 9 and June 12 in 2017. Thrice in the last 10 years — June 9 in 2018, June 7 in 2013 and June 5 in 2011 — monsoon had arrived in Mumbai before the IMD’s then onset date of June 10.

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Three days after IMD announces monsoon onset, widespread rain gives Mumbai a miss

On June 14, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) declared the onset of the southwest monsoon over Mumbai. However, on Sunday – three days later – the city is yet to receive widespread rainfall. While some parts in western suburbs recorded short but intense spells of rain on Monday, on Tuesday, the city recorded 0.8 mm of rain, in the 12 hours ending at 5:30 pm. On Wednesday, trace rainfall (which cannot be measured by a rain gauge) was recorded.

The IMD has called this a “soft onset” of monsoon, one without heavy rain over the region. The southwest monsoon onset marks the beginning of the four-month – June to September – monsoon season over India, which brings over 70 per cent of the country’s annual rainfall. The onset for India is announced when certain criteria is fulfilled anytime after May 10. If at least 60 per cent of the 14 designated meteorological stations in Kerala and Lakshadweep report at least 2.5 mm of rain for two consecutive days after May 10, along with a few other conditions relating to wind and temperature, the onset of monsoon is said to have taken place.

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13:41 (IST)18 Jun 2020
IMD predicts intense downpour in parts of Mumbai today

Isolated parts of Mumbai are likely to experience heavy rainfall in the next two hours, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) announced on Thursday. Despite the onset of the monsoon on June 14, the city is yet to receive widespread rainfall. Follow all the latest updates here.

Last year, Mumbai had witnessed its most delayed onset in the last 45 years after the southwest monsoon was declared over the city on June 25.

As per the new onset dates classified by the IMD, the normal date for monsoon to cover Maharashtra is between June 10 and June 15. Monsoon in Mumbai arrived three days late from its normal onset date of June 11. However, the monsoon progression will not likely to be called delayed as a standard deviation of five days is considered by the IMD.

The IMD has maintained that several criteria for declaration of onset in Mumbai, including 2.5 mm rain in two days, among others. “The city didn’t receive much expected rain after the onset of monsoon. It was a soft onset,” said K S Hosalikar, Deputy Director General, IMD Mumbai.

The IMD has divided the Indian monsoon season into three – pre-monsoon showers, southwest monsoon and post-monsoon showers.

Pre-monsoon showers are characterised by squally winds — they come with sudden, sharp winds that last for a long time and occur during rainfall. The rains are sharp and intense but go away after one downpour. The showers are usually patchy and mostly arrive post afternoon on days characterised by sunny mornings — a pattern seen in Mumbai for the last three days. On the other hand, the southwest monsoon is not patchy, does not follow any timing and lasts more than a downpour.