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MUMBAI: Mumbai missed its official date for the monsoon onset (June 11), but the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday announced the arrival of southwest monsoon over Maharashtra. This coincided with drought-prone Parbhani in Marathwada receiving a record 190mm rain in 24 hours, becoming the wettest spot in the country on Thursday and crossing its monthly rainfall quota for June in one day. The last time Parbhani received so much rain was over a century ago: in June 1914 Parbhani had recorded 401.3mm rain in 24 hours.
Officials said conditions were favourable for further advancement of monsoon into more parts of Maharashtra, including Mumbai, in 48 hours. An orange alert was issued for Mumbai, Thane and Palghar for June 14, indicating heavy to very heavy rain at few places. Between June 10 and 11 (8.30am-8.30am), light rainfall was recorded by IMD Colaba (5.6mm) and Santacruz (1.1mm).
The southwest monsoon advanced into more parts of central Arabian sea, Goa, parts of Konkan, Madhya Maharashtra and Marathwada on Thursday. “With morth westward movement of low pressure system, enhanced rainfall is expected over west coast, including Mumbai, Madhya Maharashtra, Marathwada and Vidarbha in 2-3 days,” said an IMD official.
Thunderstorms, accompanied by lightning and gusty wind with speed of 30-40kmph at isolated places is likely on Friday. The city reported above normal rainfall, accompanied by severe cyclonic storm Nisarga last week. Rain reported since June 1 at Colaba and Santacruz was 211mm and 186.7mm, which was 118.3mm and 89.1mm above normal.