Pune: After unexpected post-Diwali rainfall in the city on Sunday evening, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted dry weather till October 26. According to the department, rainfall is not likely in Pune till October 28 but the sky is likely to remain partly cloudy.
AK Srivastava, Head of Climate Monitoring and Analysis Group at IMD Pune, said, “Presently the monsoon has retreated from most parts of northern Maharashtra. It will withdraw from Maharashtra completely by October 25-26.”
IMD officials said that till October 26, rain and thundershowers are very likely at isolated places over Konkan and mainly dry weather is likely over Madhya Maharashtra, Marathwada.
According to IMD, the withdrawal line of the monsoon continues to pass through Kohima, Kalingapatnam, Nizamabad, Aurangabad and Dahanu. Favourable conditions are likely to develop for further withdrawal of southwest monsoon from remaining parts of northeastern states, more parts of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Maharashtra and Goa around October 24.
In the regions from where the southwest monsoon has withdrawn, day temperatures were appreciably above normal in parts of Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and of Vidarbha. And were above normal in parts of Odisha, east Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and Gujarat.
The temperatures were below normal in some parts of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, West Bengal and Sikkim. The temperatures were below normal in parts of Jharkhand and Bihar.
The highest maximum temperature recorded across the country on Sunday was at 40.7 degree Celsius at New Kandla in Saurashtra and Kutch.
Night temperatures were below normal in parts of Saurashtra and Kutch. They were above normal in parts of west Madhya Pradesh. The temperature was above normal in parts of Bihar, Punjab, west Rajasthan, east Madhya Pradesh and Vidarbha and in remaining parts of west Madhya Pradesh.
The lowest minimum temperature recorded across the country on Sunday was 15.5 degrees Celsius at Bhilwara in east Rajasthan.
IMD said the southwest monsoon has been subdued over Gujarat region, Konkan and Goa, Madhya Maharashtra, coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema and interior Karnataka.
Rain takes city by surprise
Some parts of the city received moderate to heavy rainfall on Sunday evening, though most of the city remained dry.
Areas that received rain include Sinhagad Road, Swargate, Sadashiv Peth, Bajirao Road, Tilak Road, Shivajinagar, Erandwane, and Kundan Nagar.