A week into July, monsoon is yet to make its presence felt in Pune.
The meteorological department had stated that monsoon was likely to revive in the first week of the month, but there has been very little rainfall in the city.
Pune has received only 14.5 mm of rain till July 7, registering a deficit of 165 mm. Monsoon that had advanced in some parts of the state has weakened. Further progress of the south west monsoon can be expected in Pune on July 11-12. Even hill station Mahabaleshwar registered only 322.7 mm so far.
Met officials stated that conditions look favourable for the revival of monsoon on July 11-12. “The southwest monsoon has progressed to some more parts of the state and east and west Madhya Pradesh and coastal region of Konkan and places in Vidarbha while it was fairly widespread in Marathwada. With another trough to be formed in the Bay of Bengal conditions looks favourable for the progress,” said deputy director general of IMD Medha Khole of IMD Pune.
While private weather forecasters have been playing up the impact of El Nino — an unusual warming of the surface of the Pacific ocean which interferes with the ocean currents and the moisture laden winds to the Indian subcontinent — Khole says that at the moment, there is El Nino effect though it could affect monsoon later.
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“We cannot yet say anything about whether it would have an impact on the July-August rainfall,” she said.
Entire central India is facing a monsoon deficit according to the Met department. Day temperatures are rising in the city and elsewhere in the state with Nagpur recording 37.5 degrees Celsius. Mahabaleshwar was the coolest at 17.8 degree Celsius.
Water cut up for review in 2 days
With water level going down in dams raising concern over availability of water, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will review the situation in the next two days to decide on increasing water cut to ensure availability of water for more days. “The PMC is already implementing 12 per cent water cut in the city by providing water once a day but there are no signs of rainfall while the dam level is declining to the lowest level. Any decision on an increase in water cut would be taken after consulting leaders of all political parties,” said mayor Chanchala Kodre.