The southwest monsoon arrived in Mumbai Wednesday morning, with most parts of the city getting powerful showers as early as 4am. According to the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) automatic weather station in Santacruz, 59.6mm of rainfall was recorded in the 24 hours ending 8.30am on Wednesday, while Colaba reported 77mm of rainfall during that period. The city has so far received 185mm of cumulative rainfall in June.

Most areas reported rainfall between 40 to 70mm, while Navi Mumbai supposedly received more than 120mm of rain in the 24 hours ending Wednesday morning, as per data shared by the IMD. Belapur received nearly 150mm, the highest recorded in this time. Other areas that received over 70mm of rainfall include Mumbra, Kopar Khairane, Kandivalu, Ghansoli, Mohane, Panvel, Dahisar, Malwani, Naupada and Versova.

As rains began to hit the city, numerous people on social media shared pictures and welcomed the monsoon. Some also shared visuals of roads in knee-deep water. Many user shared the perfect thing to do during the monsoon is to have hot chai and bhajias. Well, we cannot help but agree.

Over the next 48 hours, the monsoon is probable to reach other parts of Maharashtra as well as states such as Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Bengal.

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Joydev Mishra


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