Mumbai is likely to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall on Tuesday as the southwest monsoon picks up momentum in the region. Rainfall is expected to gradually reduce, however, as circulation of winds moves northward. Normalcy has been disrupted since Sunday night with torrential rains battering the city. At least 10 people have died in rain-related incidents. Transport services, including buses, trains and planes, have been disrupted due to heavy rain and waterlogging. There were major traffic disruptions as well across the city.
Till 5.30 am this morning, the Santacruz observatory received 51 mm of rainfall, according to Mahesh Palawat, vice-president of Skymet, who added that the rain is likely to reduce further.
Mumbai recorded the season’s highest rainfall on Sunday. The Santacruz observatory recorded 231.4mm of rainfall, while Malad received 317.6 mm rainfall in the 24 hours until Monday morning. According to the IMD, this was the second highest rainfall recorded in the month of June in the last decade after 283.4 mm recorded on June 19, 2015.
Life has been thrown out of gear as torrential rains batter Mumbai city.
Pre-monsoon showers emerge in most parts of Himachal Pradesh
Pre-monsoon showers triggered in most parts of Himachal Pradesh with slight thunderstorms making conditions favourable for the arrival of the southwest monsoon winds in the region over the next couple of days. Light spells have already hit districts of Chamba, Kullu, Mandi, Kangra, Solan and Shimla and widespread rains are expected soon.
Southwest monsoon advances into Bihar
Bihar witnessed slight showers as the Southwest monsoon winds furthered into most parts of the state. An IMD report stated that the conditions seem favourable for further advance of the winds into the Arabian sea, thus spreading to the state of Gujarat and remaining parts of Odisha, Jharkhand and Bihar over the next two days. Major cities of Patna, Gaya, Bhagalpur and Purnea have a forecast of rain and thunder tomorrow.
Mercury further drops in Delhi, Punjab
Overcast skies and mild showers in the national capital has led to a further drop in the recorded maximum temperature to a more pleasant 34.2 degree Celsius, which is three notches above the city's average. Traces of rainfall was recorded in different pockets of Delhi between 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM. Punjab and Haryana was also lashed by moderate rains and thereby, leading to a drop in the maximum temperature in the two states. Rains or thunder showers are slated over the next two days.
Death toll on a rise as Mumbai showers bring Maximum city to a pause
At least 10 people have died due to heavy rainfall in Mumbai disrupting normalcy and the daily routine of the citizens in the city. The latest news is that another Ambernath resident died in the wee hours Monday as the compound wall of a government office caved collpased on his house while the victim and his family were fast asleep due to torrential rains. More news about deaths cause due to rainfall across the city are still being reported.
Heat wave in certain pockets of Madhya Pradesh, thunderstorm in other areas
The Nagpur Regional Meteoroligical Centre forecasted heavy to very heavy rainfall in Chattisgarh adding that heat wave conditions will continue prevailing in Eastern area of Madhya Pradesh. Whereas, thunderstorm was observed in isolated places over Vidarbha Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. However, there has not been much change recorded in the maximum temperature in these areas and moderate rain is expected to hit the region.
Mild showers hit Delhi-NCR region
Delhi-NCR had been witnessing hot and dry weather for a long while now, but today, residents had a reason to breathe a sigh of relief as slight showers hit some parts of the city and adjoining areas of Faridabad, Noida, Gurugram and Ghaziabad. It had been partly cloudy since morning in different areas of the region and there has been a significant drop in the mercury as the temperature today has come down to 37 degree Celsius from yesterday's 42.7 degree Celsius.
Gujarat on alert, to receive extremely heavy rain today
The southwest monsoon, meanwhile, which was sluggish last week has picked up and is advancing to western and north India. Gujarat is likely to receive extremely heavy rain today. An alert has been sounded as flooding is also possible in certain areas. Chhattisgarh and Odisha too are likely to receive moderate to heavy rain today.
Meanwhile, Delhi waits from the monsoon
In Delhi, meanwhile, residents are still reeling under the heat. The maximum temperature today is likely to be around 40 degrees Celsius. Yesterday, the maximum temperature was recorded at 42.7 degrees Celsius and the minimum at 32.6 degrees Celsius. The monsoon is expected to reach the capital city by Friday, and pre-monsoon showers are likely from tomorrow.
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Transport takes a hit
Waterlogging and heavy rains in several areas on Monday resulted in traffic snarls. Not just private vehicles, the transportation sector took a hit yesterday with buses, trains and flights facing delays or being rerouted. Over 140 train services on both the Central and Western Railway were cancelled. Two flights were diverted as well.
The showers are heavy but so is our ‘bandobast’ on the streets to ‘be there’ for Mumbaikars. We are #AlwaysUpForDuty to help you reach your destination with a little care & caution from you during your journey #RoadSafety #MumbaiRains pic.twitter.com/KFOgI4BTLv— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) June 25, 2018
Mumbai likely to receive heavy rain today
Torrential rains since Sunday have resulted in at least 10 deaths in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai. The city is expected to receive heavy rain today as well as the monsoon picks up in the state. Follow our LIVE blog through the day for the latest news on transportation services and updates from the IMD and Mumbai Police.