Monday, June 18, 2012
Finally, Monsoon Arrives, A Week Late
After a week’s delay, the south-west monsoon finally reached the city on Sunday. Santacruz weather station recorded 33.2 mm rainfall between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm while Colaba recorded 31 mm within the same period.
The monsoon, which arrived in Kerala on June 5 instead of June 1, had been progressing very slowly and was stagnated at the same position from June 6 to June 12. It reached Mumbai a week after the normal onset date of June 10. “The monsoon has now reached Mumbai and Pune. In fact, it has covered almost all of Maharashtra and very few districts are remaining,” said NY Apte, deputy director general of meteorology, IMD, Mumbai.
“The offshore trough is active along the western coast, extending from Gujarat coast to Kerala coast and an upper air cyclonic circulation exists over northeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Gujarat,” said V K Rajeev, director, weather forecast, IMD, explaining the favourable conditions bringing rain to the city.
On Sunday, many parts of the city received heavy rainfall. According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation data Mankhurd recorded the highest rainfall of 85.82mm in 24 hours, followed by Chembur recording 85.06 mm, and Mulund with 83.52 mm. Others which received heavy rainfall in the same period included Kandivali with 74.88 mm, Goregaon with 71.6 mm, Malad with 54.82 mm and Masjid Bunder with 52.59 mm.
Meanwhile, maximum temperatures fell sharply on Sunday on account of the rains with the suburbs recording 29.50C, down almost four degrees from Saturday’s 33.20C while the island city recorded 28.80C, down from 32.10C the previous day. Minimum temperatures were 25.60C and 25.50C at Santacruz and Colaba respectively. “The city is expected to receive heavy rainfall however in intermittent showers on Monday and Tuesday,” Rajeev said.