After the southwest monsoon, it was the turn of the northeastern monsoon to become “active” and cause showers in the city, as well as in other parts of the state and central India. According to the Met department, on Friday, the city recorded 34.5 mm rainfall from 5.30 to 8.30 pm.
Heavy rain since the evening triggered waterlogging and massive traffic jams across the city. The traffic was worst on the Pune-Mumbai highway, where a jam lasted for more than three hours, till past 11 pm.
Though there have been instances of rainfall in the month of December in the past decade, it is not a regular feature. Data available with the Met department reveals that there was 3.2 mm of rainfall recorded on December 3 last year, while there was a trace 0.3 mm in 2009, 24.3 mm in 2008 on December 2 and the highest recorded rainfall in the month was on December 22, 1942 — 42.4 mm.
The Met department has stated that due to the interaction of the Western disturbance with an easterly wave, rain/ thundershowers will occur at places over Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Madhya Maharashtra and Marathawada and at isolated places over Vidarbha and Rajasthan in December, and decrease thereafter.
“There will be rain in the coming 24 hours too due to the active easterlies. The north eastern monsoon has got more active and it is increasing the humidity in the central parts of India,’’ said deputy director general of IMD, Pune, Medha Khole.
The All India weather bulletin states that cold wave conditions prevailed at a few places over east Uttar Pradesh and at places over Haryana, west Rajasthan and west Uttar Pradesh. There was dense fog over east Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, Assam and Meghalaya and Tripura.