Monsoon arrives in Mumbai

Monsoon arrives in Mumbai

The monsoon hit Mumbai on Sunday with weather bureau recording 32 mm in south Mumbai and suburbs registering 36.7 mm rainfall.

The city which for the past few months was simmering and sizzling with summer heat with following continuous drizzle and showers began cooling down, bringing the mercury to maximum of  29 degrees Celsius and minimum of 23 degrees Celsius; the weather bureau has predicted very heavy rain in the next 24 hours.

The weather bureau also reported monsoon also set in other parts of the state offering a welcome respite from water-scarcity and intense heat wave conditions of the past few months. Ironically, on Friday evening, a shower of 58 mm rainfall sent the city traffic into a tizzy along with Railways reporting nearly an hour of delay.

The railways in the past two days have managed to bring down the delay to 30 minutes on Sunday which sees a skeletal service. The municipal corporation last week announced its plans to tackle the perennial monsoon flooding through CCTV monitors.  On Saturday it finally decided to start desilting and road repairing on a war-footing.

The south-west monsoon gained strength after a couple of days’ lull on Sunday. The Meteorological Centre in Thiruvananthapuram said the monsoon has been active over Kerala with rains reported in many places in the state.

With predictions on for heavy rainfall in isolated regions in Kerala till Tuesday, the state is again looking at some monsoon cheer.

The northern parts of Kerala received substantial rainfall through the day with Kannur recording the highest amount at 12.3 cm. Vadakara in Kozhikode (11.6 cm) and Ponnani in Malappuram (11.4 cm) recorded the second and third highest rainfall respectively.

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