MUMBAI: The city’s southwest monsoon this year may be extended as Mumbai misses its normal withdrawal date of October 8. With a fresh low pressure likely to form over north Andaman sea and adjoining east central Bay of Bengal, the withdrawal could happen only after 8-10 days.

This year, Indian Meteorological Department revised monsoon onset and withdrawal dates. For Mumbai, the new date was June 11 against the earlier June 10, and the new withdrawal date was October 8, against the earlier September 29. In 2020, the monsoon onset over Mumbai was declared on June 14, three days after the normal date.
But withdrawal is expected to be delayed. K S Hosalikar, deputy director-general, western region, IMD, said, “With the prevailing situation it may take 8-10 days for withdrawal to be declared from Maharashtra and Mumbai.” Officials said plus or minus seven days of the normal date is standard deviation.
As a result of low pressure, IMD forecast rain over parts of Marathwada, Vidarbha and parts of central Maharashtra and south Konkan. A yellow alert has been issued for several locations. A green alert (very light to light rain) has been issued for Mumbai, Thane, Raigad and Palghar for the rest of the week.

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