No respite from rain during Diwali week 

Namrata Devikar
Sunday, 15 October 2017

Pune: Punekars may not get respite from the pouring rain during Diwali, as officials from India Meteorological Department (IMD) have noted that though withdrawal of the monsoon has begun from northern part of Maharashtra, a few systems are likely to develop, which implies no immediate respite from the rain. 

Pune: Punekars may not get respite from the pouring rain during Diwali, as officials from India Meteorological Department (IMD) have noted that though withdrawal of the monsoon has begun from northern part of Maharashtra, a few systems are likely to develop, which implies no immediate respite from the rain. 

On Sunday, Pune recorded four mm rainfall. Speaking about the withdrawal of the monsoon, head of IMD's Climate Monitoring and Analysis Group AK Srivastava said, "The withdrawal has begun from northern parts of Maharashtra and by the end of next week the monsoon is expected to withdraw from the entire State. But a few systems are likely to develop and there is no immediate respite from the rain.” 

According to IMD, favourable conditions are developing for further withdrawal of monsoon from the remaining parts of northwest India, some more parts of Central and West India and some parts of East India. 

Officials from IMD said that this time warnings were issued predicting heavy rainfall in central Maharashtra, including Pune.

They stated that such heavy rainfall is not very uncommon during the withdrawal season of the monsoon. However, IMD has forecast that the rainfall intensity will reduce after October 16 in Pune and from October 17 to October 20 the sky will continue to remain cloudy for the next week.

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