The Met department, on Mon-day, formally announced the onset of southwest monsoon over Pune and Mumbai after having announced the onset in the state two days back. Even as there was hardly much rains, Met officials announced the onset with the southwest monsoon having further advanced into the remaining parts of central Arabian Sea, Konkan, Marathwada and Vidar-bha, most parts of Madhya Maha-rashtra, some parts of southwest MP and some more parts of east Madhya Pradesh. On Monday, Pune recorded 0.9 mm rainfall.
“This is a weak spell and as announced, some parts received sparse rainfall. However, we expect some rainfall post June 23 as there could be a low pressure system in the Bay of Bengal. However, this again, won’t see a good spell in Pune, Mumbai and Madhya Maharashtra and there would only be a spatial distribution of rainfall. Marathwada and Vidarbha, however, would receive good rainfall,’’ said Sunita Devi, director, weather forecast, IMD.
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The month of June, till now, has registered deficient rainfall of -53.2 mm with only 36.9 mm rainfall recorded as pre-monsoon showers, the Met department said. This is the third year in the last 10 years that June has recorded deficient rainfall.
“We had a very deficient rainfall in 2014 (-127.9 mm) and 2012 (-106.4), while in other years, the month of June had registered more rainfall. This time, it is likely to pick up pace in the last week,’’ Sunita Devi said. The Met department had announced a good spell of rainfall this year as compared to the last two years and said it would be “above normal”. With the monsoon having covered almost 90 per cent of the state, officials feel monsoon would pick up pace in July.