Mumbai: The Southwest Monsoon arrived two days ahead of its normal date bringing with it a deluge of rain prompting the Indian Metrological Department (IMD) to issue a red alert for Mumbai and nearby areas.

The weather department has forecast a ‘very heavy to extremely heavy rain at isolated places’ and issued a red alert for Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, and Raigad areas. While an orange alert has been issued for the next four days.

“Monsoon has arrived in Mumbai today, normal arrival date is June 10 every year so it has arrived prior to the average arrival date,” IMD Mumbai Deputy Director General Dr Jayanta Sarkar told ANI.

While, Central railway said local train services between Kurla and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus have been halted due to waterlogging on tracks. “Traffic stopped at 9.50 am, decision taken as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident. Traffic will resume as soon as water recedes,” he said.





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