Rain and thundershowers in Pune, Cyclone Sagar heads for Oman

ST Correspondent
Friday, 18 May 2018

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted rainfall and thundershowers in certain parts of the State during the next few days.

Pune: Pune witnessed light showers in some pockets of the city on Thursday. Chandannagar, Wadgaon Sheri, Sangvi, Shivajinagar, Paud Road and some other parts of the city also experienced thundershowers in the evening. The city had experienced rain earlier in the week as well. 

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted rainfall and thundershowers in certain parts of the State during the next few days. Meanwhile, a depression over the Gulf of Aden, which formed on Wednesday, is moving west-northwestwards and intensified into a cyclonic storm named ‘Sagar’ on Thursday. It is expected to intensify further by Friday morning.

Speaking to Sakal Times, AK Srivastava, Head of Climate Monitoring and Analysis Group at IMD Pune, said the storm is headed toward Oman. “The cyclone won’t affect India. However, IMD has still predicted rainfall in a few parts of the State. These showers are pre-monsoon showers,” said Srivastava.

However, IMD has advised fishermen not to venture into the Gulf of Aden and adjoining areas of west-central and south-west Arabian Sea during the two days. Gale winds with speeds reaching 65 to 75 kmph and gusts of up to 85 kmph are likely around the system centre, covering the Gulf of Aden and adjoining areas of the Arabian Sea in the next 24 hours, noted IMD.

On Thursday, parts of southern Konkan witnessed rainfall as well. The IMD predicted that the southern Konkan region and parts of central Maharashtra may receive thunderstorm till May 20. However, during the same time, heatwave-like conditions will prevail in Vidarbha.

IMD forecast that the city will experience day temperatures around 38 degrees Celcius in the coming week and clear skies. On Thursday, Pune recorded 40.8 degrees Celsius. Across the country, IMD has predicted heavy rainfall accompanied with gusty winds at isolated places over south interior Karnataka till May 21.

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