Mumbai welcomed the first pre-monsoon showers accompanied by thunderstorms and lightning, on Monday. While delayed trains and traffic disruptions were reported from several parts of the city, several Mumbaikars took to Twitter to express their delight at the much-awaited relief from the heat.
— Yash k (@yash23888) June 4, 2018
— Jamil Ansari (@JamilAns1986) June 3, 2018
— Shenaz Treasury (@ShenazTreasury) June 2, 2018
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy rains between June 5 and June 8 in Mumbai and in the north Konkan region. According to a press bulletin released by IMD, the maximum and minimum tempratures are likely to be around 34 degree Celsius and 26 degree Celsius, respectively.
Heavy rains and strong winds had delayed around nine flight operations, disrupted local trains and taxi services on Monday. Waterlogging was reported in Dharavi, Andheri East, Dadar and Hindmata, with powercuts in parts of Thane. Monsoon highlights Mumbai's lack of preparedness, as residents face commute issues every season.
Earlier, Skymet CEO Jatin Singh said on Twitter, "The rainfall between June 6 and June 12 could be worse than July 2005, when Mumbai recorded 900 mm in a day." Skymet has also predicted heavy rainfalls over the week and urged residents to be on alert.