Expect to see more sights like this waterlogged stretch on the Andheri-Kurla road
Expect to see more sights like this waterlogged stretch on the Andheri-Kurla road

Update: As per our conversation with the BMCs Disaster Management Unit, there is no official warning issued. But they did say that Mumbaikars could expect heavy showers in certain parts of the city and suburbs.

The first day of the week, and the rains presented Mumbaikars with yet another challenge, treading water logged streets, fighting off fellow-commuters to get to work and waiting in cars stuck in never-ending traffic jams. If you thought Monday was the worst of it, think again. The weather, it seems, has a lot more coming over the next few days.

It was one of the wettest July days in three years with 126.6mm rainfall in a 12 hour period (between 8.30am to 8.30pm).

Commuters are in for a surprise shower at Khar station. Pics/Nimesh Dave, Sameer Markande
Commuters are in for a surprise shower at Khar station. Pics/Nimesh Dave, Sameer Markande

 As per the IMD, Mumbai witnessed 48.6 mm of rainfall at Colaba and 126.5 mm at Santacruz on Monday. Nitha Sasidharan, an IMD scientist, said, "An active offshore draft from North Maharashtra coast to Kerala coast and low-pressure areas over the Bay of Bengal have caused the heavy rains. This may lead to heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours."

Monday blues
While the Disaster Management department had no dangerous situation to report, traffic was diverted to different routes, especially near underground subways where waterlogging was reported. Most complaints of waterlogging came from Sion Circle, Kings Circle, Matunga, Andheri station and Milan subway. 

Khar was the worst hit with residents saying that once the area gets water logged, the water does not drain, making life miserable. To make matters worse the Gazdarbandh pumping station at Khar Danda saw the pumps trip at certain intervals.

Lakhs of people struggled to get home on Monday evening, due to heavily affected transportation, and several citizens took to Twitter and other social media to complain about the city's lack of preparation for the monsoon. Heavy traffic was reported on Eastern and Western express highways. Barricades for Metro work caused further traffic congestion on the Western Express Highway. BMC released a statement saying, "MCGM staff, including Assistant Municipal Commissioners are on the field."

As people waded through water-logged streets and struggled to get home, their Twitter reactions are hillarious;

 

What you can expect: 

Airport and flight stats:

According to Flight Stats, there are very few delays as of now, but they are likely to increase as the weather worsens. At the time of going to press, there was no update by the airport authority of India.

Weather:
The rains are expected to be incessant today and heavy downpours are expected in certain parts of the city.
As per the IMD Intermittent rain/shower likely to occur in city and suburbs . heavy rain likely to occur in some areas. In a statement to TOI, Shubhangi Bhute, a scientist at IMD said, “the rainfall activity over the city is likely to subside only after July 20.”

Weather today

High Tide:
You can expect high tides at 6.50 am and 6.35 pm with a height of 3.50m and 3.71m respectively.

Lake levels:
Lake levels

As per reports the lakes have received 68%of the water stock required. As of yesterday, Modak Sagar received 1501mm of rainfall and there have been reports that it has started overflowing. 

(With inputs from Pallavi Smart)