Updated June 10th, 2024 at 14:07 IST

Monsoon Arrives in Mumbai with Torrential Rains; Yellow Alert Issued

Parts of Mumbai witnessed waterlogging and traffic snarls after heavy rains accompanied by thunder lashed the city.

Reported by: Digital Desk
A pedestrian uses an umbrella to shield herself during rains, outside CSMT in Mumbai. | Image:PTI
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Mumbai: After the onset of southwest monsoon, the India Meteorological Department has issued a yellow alert for Mumbai with warning of thunderstorms, lightning and light to moderate rain for next 48 hours.

Meanwhile, fishermen are advised not to venture along and off North and South Maharashtra till June 13. The IMD on its Sunday bulletin said, "Squally weather with wind speed 45 kmph to 55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph likely to prevail along and off North Maharashtra coast on 9th to 13th June. Fishermen are advised not to venture along and off North Maharashtra coast during the above-mentioned period."

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The weather forecaster said that thunderstorms accompanied by lightning and heavy rain, with gusty winds reaching speeds of 62-87 km/h, are very likely to occur in isolated areas within the districts of Mumbai, Thane, and Raigad. According to the IMD, the city is expected to experience a generally cloudy sky with heavy rainfall over the next few days.

Earlier on Sunday, Mumbai saw rainfall, indicating the start of the anticipated weather activity. The IMD had earlier reported that the southwest monsoon has advanced to parts of the central Arabian Sea, south Maharashtra, Telangana, south Chhattisgarh, south Odisha, and more areas of coastal Andhra Pradesh.

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"Conditions are favourable for further advance of Southwest Monsoon into remaining parts of central Arabian Sea, some more parts of Maharashtra (including Mumbai) and Telangana during next 2-3 days," IMD said.

This year's Monsoon onset was two days earlier as the usual date of the onset is on June 1. This year, Kerala experienced widespread pre-monsoon rains.

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Severe Waterlogging Across Mumbai

Following heavy rains on Sunday night, severe waterlogging occurred in many parts of Mumbai. Byculla, Sion, Dadar, Mazgaon, Kurla, Vikhroli and Andheri were among the areas that were water logged, which severely hit vehicular movement and causing traffic jams.

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Local trains, the city's lifeline, were also delayed as water accumulated on tracks at some locations, officials said.

In the 24 hours ending at 8 am on June 10, the city recorded an average 99.11 mm rainfall. Eastern parts of Mumbai registered 61.29 mm rain and western 73.78 mm, a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said.

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Published June 10th, 2024 at 14:07 IST