Mumbai: Heavy rainfall lashed Mumbai city and other suburban areas with the advancement of Monsoon on Wednesday (June 9).
The financial capital of the country has been seeing rains from Tuesday night. Dr Jayanta Sarkar, Deputy Director General (DDG), India Meteorological Department (IMD) Mumbai said, ”Monsoon has arrived in Mumbai today, normal arrival date is 10th June every year so it has arrived prior to the average arrival date”.
The IMD recorded rainfall in Santacruz at 50.4 mm and in Colaba at 65.4 mm.
On Tuesday, the IMD issued a warning of a heavy downpour for Mumbai and adjoining areas from June 9 to 13. “There are indications of southwest monsoon’s arrival in Mumbai on Wednesday,” said Shubhangi Bhute, director of the Regional Meteorological Centre, said on Tuesday evening.
Meanwhile the southwest monsoon seasonal rainfall between June to September, in the country, is likely to be 101 per cent of the long period average, said India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday (June 1, 2021).
In its updated forecast after announcing the delay in monsoon arrival, the weather department added that the country will have a normal monsoon season this year, raising the expectation of a good harvest season for 2021.
It added that India will most likely receive normal rainfall (96 to 104 per cent of Long Period Average (LPA)) between June to September in 2021.
The LPA of the season rainfall over the country as a whole for the period 1961-2010 is 88 cm.
“We are expecting normal rainfall for Northwest India. There is a probability of below-normal rainfall over Leh and Ladakh region and normal to slightly above normal rainfall in Jammu and Kashmir region, ” Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, Director General, IMD said on Tuesday.
According to IMD, the southwest monsoon is likely to be normal over Northwest India and South Peninsula. Whereas, seasonal rainfall is most likely to be below normal over Northeast India and above normal over Central India, said the weather bulletin.