Pune: Heavy rain lashed the city on Thursday after a dry spell for a week. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) recorded 55 mm of rain in just four hours. Last year, the highest rainfall in 24 hours in June was reported to be 56.2 mm.
The rainfall was experienced in most parts of the city, including Shivajinagar, Swargate, Katraj, Lohegaon, Boat Club Road and Warje late in the evening. Vidarbha, coastal and interior Karnataka, Konkan and Goa also recorded rainfall.
Since June 1 this year, Pune has received 70.5 mm rainfall while Lohegaon received 90.1 mm rainfall during the same period. IMD officials said rainfall has been predicted till June 26 in the city and the weather will continue to remain cloudy.
The IMD has predicted heavy rainfall at isolated places over central Maharashtra and Marathwada till June 25 while very heavy rainfall has been forecast over parts of Konkan, Goa and Vidarbha till the same time.
The weather bureau had earlier predicted that the monsoon circulation will improve from around June 24. On Thursday, officials from the IMD said conditions are becoming favourable for further advance of the monsoon over remaining parts of Assam, some more parts of Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, West Bengal and some parts of Jharkhand, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh after 24 hours.
On Thursday, severe heat wave conditions prevailed in some parts of Odisha and also in some parts of Jharkhand, Bihar and coastal Andhra Pradesh. The highest maximum temperature recorded over the plains was 45 degrees Celsius at Churu in west Rajasthan.
The IMD has predicted heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places over sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, coastal and south interior Karnataka and Kerala. Heavy rain at isolated places is likely over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Gangetic West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar and Gujarat region till June 25.