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10 days since monsoon hit Pune, heavy rain eludes city

Southwest Monsoon subdued over many parts of central Maharashtra and Marathwada

Written by Anjali Marar | Pune |
Updated: June 17, 2021 9:59:58 am
As per the numerical models, the monsoon trough will shift northwards from July 17 and stay there till July 20. (Express photo by Ashish Kale)

Ten days after the Southwest Monsoon arrived in Pune, city areas are yet to record appreciable amount of rainfall. Since June 1, Pune city has recorded 54.7mm of rain.

Many parts of Pune district, however, have received significant rainfall in the last fortnight, ranging between 41mm and 254mm.

In comparison to Pune city’s 18 per cent below normal rainfall till June 15, Pune district has received 117.4mm, which is 65 per cent surplus and considered under the ‘excess’ category by the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

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“The Southwest Monsoon has been subdued over many parts of Madhya Maharashtra and Marathwada, so far. Most areas are yet to receive good rain this season,” said an official from IMD, Pune.

In the district, appreciable rainfall was recorded over Lonavala (254mm), Vadgaon Maval (178mm), Khed Rajgurunagar (117mm), Ambegaon (100mm), Bhor (88mm) and Velhe (81.5mm) during the first two weeks of June.

Less rainfall activity over Madhya Maharashtra and Marathwada has put farmers on wait mode before they can undertake kharif sowing.

“Over Maharashtra, the kharif sowing window is between June 15 and July 15. There has not been very good rain over Madhya Maharashtra, apart from in Satara, Sangli and Kolhapur,” said an official from the Agriculture Meteorology Department, IMD, Pune.

But as the monsoon has arrived before schedule over many areas of Maharashtra, there is no need for any panic with ample time left to take up cultivation, said the official.

The orography of Pune is also another reason as strong westerly winds bring good rain over the Konkan and ghat areas of Pune district, but these winds fail to cross the Sahyadri ranges.

The IMD has forecast moderate intensity rain — 15.6mm to 64.4mm in 24 hours — till the weekend over Pune city.

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