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Monsoon expected to arrive in Mumbai by June 10, IMD Predicts

The monsoon is expected to arrive in Mumbai on June 10, with pre-monsoon showers starting in late May. Central Railway has identified flood-prone spots and increased pump capacity to ensure smooth operations and passenger safety during the rainy season.

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The monsoon is expected to arrive in Mumbai on June 10, according to the Indian Express, citing an official from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). The west monsoon is expected to reach Kerala on May 31, signaling the imminent arrival of rains in Mumbai.

"Despite a potential 3-4 day delay, the monsoon is expected to arrive on schedule," IMD official Kamble told the Indian Express.

Meteorologists predict pre-monsoon showers in the state at the end of May. Mahesh Palawat from Skymet Weather Services told The Indian Express, "Pre-monsoon activity is expected to start in Mumbai by the end of this month. In the first week of June, isolated pockets may get light rain that will intensify with the southwest monsoon."

IMD's weather bulletin predicts increased rainfall in Kerala by the end of the first week of June, indicating the potential onset of the monsoon within four days. It forecasts above-normal rainfall in east and northeast India, near-normal rainfall in central and south Peninsular India, and below-normal rainfall in northwest India.

The official monsoon arrival date in Mumbai is June 11. Last year, it was delayed by almost two weeks due to adverse weather, including Cyclone Biparjoy. Pre-monsoon showers are expected to offer relief from the summer heat, with mild showers anticipated before the monsoon's full onset in the second week of June.

Central Railway's Monsoon Preparations

Central Railway has identified 24 flood-prone spots on the suburban network and announced measures for operations and passenger safety during the monsoon. According to a PTI report, the Railways will provide 161 pumps, with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) deploying an additional 31 pumps.

This year, the pump capacity increased from 12.5 HP to 100 HP. Vulnerable locations on the main line include Masjid, Mazgaon yard, Byculla, Chinchpokli, Currey Road, Parel, Dadar, Matunga, Sion, Kurla, Vikhroli, Kanjurmarg, Bhandup, and Mulund. On the Harbour Line, Sewri, Wadala, Guru Tegh Bahadur Nagar, Chunabhatti, and Tilak Nagar stations are prone to flooding.

The Central Railway's suburban network comprises the Main Line extending from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) to Kasara and Khopoli, the Harbour Line from CSMT to Goregaon and Panvel, the Trans-Harbour Line between Thane-Vashi-Panvel, and the line between Belapur-Sewood-Uran.

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