Mumbai, June 10: The first splash of rains entered in Mumbai with the cyclonic pressure mounting over the Arabian Sea and a sudden spell of heavy rainfall, thunder and lightning surprised the Financial metro and its suburbs on Monday night. With this, the visibility in Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport decreased.
Due to this surprise shower, the operations have been put on hold and United Airlines Newark to Mumbai flight has been diverted to Delhi. The recent splash is due to influence of Cyclone Vayu, which is yet to fully develop and likely to cross into Gujarat by Wednesday midnight. Maharashtra Monsoon Update: Cyclone Likely to Occur in Western Coast on June 11-12, Heavy Rains Expected in Mumbai
The sudden showers hit Grant Road, Powai, Goregaon, Navi Mumbai and Thane regions. Traffic too has been hit in Mumbai and adjoining areas. According to the IMD's Mumbai bureau, a thunderstorm with lightning and gusty winds speed reaching 30-40 kmph are likely to occur at isolated places in the districts of Mumbai during the next four hours.
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— Weathercast (Sridhar) (@SriGmfl) June 10, 2019
Meanwhile, BMC's Disaster Management Department denied of any such impact by Cyclone Vayu. It tweeted, "Please do not believe in any rumours regarding #CycloneVayu As confirmed by IMD the cyclone will not have any impact on Mumbai #MonsoonUpdate #MonsoonUpdateMCGM #MumbaiRains" Monsoon 2019: Mumbai Faces Risk of Waterlogging in 180 Areas of The City, Confirms BMC
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— Disaster Management Department (MCGM) (@DisasterMgmtBMC) June 10, 2019
With this development, netizens in Mumbai have started sharing the images and videos on social media. On one side, some are welcoming the monsoon in Mumbai and on the other, there are people who have started complaining about the traffic snarls.
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कब से थी मौसम की ये गुजारिश ,,
लो आज पूरी हो गयी उसकी ये भी ख्वाइश,,,,
*मुबारक हो आप को 2019 की पहली बारिश*,,,,
— Bharat Sanghvi (@rajamaka) June 10, 2019
— Samar Bhandral (@samarbhandral) June 10, 2019
— Dr Prem Jagyasi (@DrPremJ) June 10, 2019
— Gaurav (@SocialGK) June 10, 2019
Updating the report on monsoon, IMD's Mumbai bureau at 8 pm stated in its weather forecast that 'generally cloudy sky with possibility of thundershower and lightning' would be there in the next 24 hours. There could be light to moderate rain in the next 48 hours in the city and suburbs.