IMD declares onset of south-west monsoon for Mumbai

The IMD on Tuesday declared onset of the south-west monsoon for Mumbai where besides extreme humidity the prospect of another water cut is looming large due to delay in setting in of rains.

The monsoon, which generally arrives in Mumbai on June 10 every year, is behind schedule by more than two weeks, which is the longest such delay in the last ten years.

If the monsoon fails to keep its date with Mumbai Tuesday, the citizens might have to face another cut in water supply, a civic body official said.

"Monsoon onset declared over Mumbai today covering entire Maharashtra today by IMD," Deputy Director General of Meteorology, India Meteorology Department (IMD), Mumbai, K.S Hosalikar, said in a tweet.

He also said the northern limit of the south-west monsoon is expected to cover not only Mumbai but also entire Maharashtra, besides some parts of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.

When asked about the causes behind the longest delay in the last ten years in arrival of monsoon in Mumbai, an IMD official attributed it to the late onset over Kerala and the cyclone 'Vayu'.

(with news agency inputs)