June 9, 2018- The India Meteorological Department forecast, reported that Mumbai is expected to have ‘extremely heavy rainfall’ till Saturday as the southwest monsoon would enter the city,
While warning about heavy rainfall in the city over till the weekend, the Meteorological Department said that Friday morning, Maharashtra had its first monsoon rainfall after a long wait, and it is forecasted that rainfall will reach Mumbai till Saturday, “We have declared monsoon onset over the state at 11:30 am on Friday. The onset line covers parts of south Konkan, south-central Maharashtra and isolated areas of Marathwada and southern Vidarbha,” said Ajay Kumar, scientist, IMD, Mumbai. He also added, “The monsoon line is now over the central Arabian sea, and is passing over Ratnagiri, Solapur, Nanded, Adilabad, Kalingpatanam and so on.”
The civic body also replied that they had taken precautionary measures to ensure the safety of citizens. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has also canceled leaves for all senior officials, including deputy municipal commissioners, assistant commissioners, and heads of departments regarding the safety of the citizens.
In July 2005, large parts of Mumbai were flooded and scores lost their lives when the city recorded 900mm of rainfall in 24 hours.
11:49 am: Rainfall touched between 8.30 am-11.30 am in South Mumbai up to 18mm.
11:24 am: Despite facing heavy rains in South Mumbai, Western Railway’s suburban services are running normally as usual.
10:53 am: The weather forecast for Saturday was that Mumbai and its suburbs would receive thundershowers and heavy rainfall.