This year’s Monsoon has reached Mumbai Saturday, a day after its onset over Maharashtra. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in the city today, and has advised people to stay indoors. Fishermen have been advised against venturing into sea off the Konkan and Goan coast till June 12. Till 8 pm on Friday, the Colaba observatory recorded only 0.6 mm rainfall while Santacruz recorded only traces of rain.
“Monsoon will most likely reach the city by Saturday. Extremely heavy rainfall is expected at isolated places,” Ajay Kumar, scientist, India Meteorological Department (IMD), had said earlier. “The rainfall will begin from Saturday night and will go on till the next day.”
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The southwest monsoon arrived in India three days ahead of schedule on May 29. After gradually advancing along the coast, it has finally made its way to Maharashtra. Mumbai, which has been drenched in pre-monsoon showers over the last week, has finally seen the onset of the monsoon today. The government, in preparation for the rains, has cancelled weekend leave for senior officials. The NDRF is on standby and will help the government respond to cases of uprooted trees, building collapses etc.