WHILE THE country is presently facing a deficit of 3 per cent rainfall in all the divisions, Pune witnessed a good spell nearly 9 per cent above the normal average—a record achieved after almost three years of rainfall deficit. While the withdrawal of southwest monsoon has been delayed and is expected to take place only after mid-September from Rajasthan, the central parts of the country is expecting another spell around the same time. Pune has recorded 514.7 mm rainfall from June 1 till now.
“Pune city has recorded 55 mm additional rainfall for the season. City’s average rainfall for the season is around 650 mm and on this, the met department has recorded 8.61 per cent more rainfall, a record after three years. We expect more rainfall in the coming week too,” said PK Nandankar, head, weather forecasting development division. He said that the monsoon withdrawal for the city is usually observed during the period September 25 -October 5, however, there is a delay this year, said met officials. With some monsoon currents being observed, the spell will be observed in the central parts of the country next week. “So during visarjan, the city will get good rainfall,” said the met officials.
The met officials added that only after the first and second spells of rain will they be able to say anything about the withdrawal of rainfall for the state. “For the next five days, we can say that there will be no withdrawal for sure,” said the officials. “There is bound to be a spell in the coming week from September 12-15, which will bring rains to peninsular India, including Maharashtra,” said B Mukhopadhyay, additional director general meteorology.
With rain generating systems over the north Bay of Bengal, there is bound to be more rains in the state in the coming days. The withdrawal is usually declared after observing cessation of rainfall activity over a particular area for five days, establishment of anti-cyclone in the lower troposphere and reduction in moisture content over the area.