Heavy rainfall brings city to halt 

Namrata Devikar
Friday, 13 October 2017

Heavy rainfall in the offing
IMD has issued a warning of heavy rainfall accompanied with thunderstorms on October 14 in Madhya Maharashtra. On October 15, Konkan and Goa region along with Madhya Maharashtra may experience rainfall. On October 16 and October 17, the weather across the State will remain dry, informed IMD.

- 101 mm rainfall received 
- City records October’s highest precipitation after 2011 
- Heavy traffic, water logging on major roads

Pune: On Friday, Pune recorded 101 mm rainfall, the highest rainfall in October since 2011. During the afternoon hours alone, the city recorded 80 mm of rainfall. This was followed by heavy traffic jams and water logging on roads causing severe inconvenience to commuters.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), conditions are becoming favourable for further withdrawal of the southwest monsoon from the remaining parts of northwest India, some more parts of central and western India and some parts of eastern India during next two days. The withdrawal line continues to pass through Kheri, Nowgong, Shajapur, Ahmedabad and Dwarka.

Climate monitoring and analysis group at IMD, Pune Head AK Srivastava said that the rainfall on Friday resembled the retreating monsoon. “Thundershowers were reported at some more places in State. We are expecting another system to move northward but that will be clear after two days. The rainfall in Pune on today (Friday) was a part of the monsoon’s withdrawal,” said Srivastava. 

He said the onset of winter is expected in the coming days. However, winter is not likely to set till cloud formation is present. “Clouds trap the heat of the earth, which does not let winter set in. Hence, after the entire monsoon retreats, we will experience winter,” said Srivastava.

The southwest monsoon has been vigorous over Assam, Meghalaya and north interior Karnataka and active over south interior Karnataka and Kerala. It has been subdued over Gangetic West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, east Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Mahabaleshwar recorded eight mm of rainfall on Friday. Aurangabad recorded 0.8 mm while Parbhani recorded one mm of rainfall. Vidarbha, Nagpur and Amravati also received rainfall on Friday.

On Friday, the highest maximum temperature of 34.8 degrees Celsius was recorded at Brahmapuri while the lowest minimum temperature of 16.6 degrees Celsius was recorded at Osmanabad.


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