Pune: The city witnessed light showers in some areas and heavy showers in others on Sunday. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted rain and thundershowers at isolated places over central Maharashtra and Marathwada on March 19 and rain and thundershowers in Vidarbha on March 20 and March 21. The weather on these two days will remain dry in Konkan and Goa, central Maharashtra and Marathwada.
On Sunday, areas like Shivajinagar, Sangamwadi, Yerawada, Wakad, Pimple Saudagar, Balewadi, Vadgaonsheri, Nagar Road, Lohegaon, Baner, Kothrud, Deccan and Pimpri-Chinchwad experienced heavy rains, whereas, Bavdhan, Peth areas, Bhavani Peth and Camp witnessed drizzles.
On Sunday, the highest maximum temperature in the State was recorded at Bhira at 39.5 degrees Celsius and the lowest minimum temperature was recorded at Osmanabad at 15.7 degrees Celsius.
IMD forecast that the weather in the city may remain partly cloudy on March 19. However, there is no respite from soaring temperatures in the coming week. The maximum temperature is going to be around 36 degrees Celsius and the minimum temperature will be between 16 and 17 degrees till March 24.
The highest maximum temperature recorded across the country was 39.2 degrees Celsius at Bhira in Konkan and Goa. The lowest minimum temperature recorded was 11.5 degrees Celsius at Bareilly in west Uttar Pradesh.
According to the IMD, a hailstorm occurred at Gangtok on Saturday 2:30 pm to 2:45 pm with hailstones of 0.4 centimetre in diameter. IMD has predicted thunderstorms accompanied with gusty winds very likely at isolated places over Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and north Rajasthan on March 20 and March 21.
Rain plays havoc
† Kharadi near Eon IT Park, Wagholi, Aundh, Pashan, Sangvi, Ganeshkind Road and other areas in the city experienced power cuts due to rain on Sunday.
† Due to bad weather, three flights coming to Pune were diverted on Sunday evening. According to Pune airport officials, flight number 9W 369 Delhi-Pune-Hyderabad was diverted to Mumbai, G8249 Bengaluru-Pune-Bengaluru was diverted to Mumbai and I5 731/732 Pune-Delhi-Pune was diverted to Hyderabad.
† Fire brigade department reported trees falling at Kalyani Nagar, Dhanori, Viman Nagar and Raviwar Peth. While no person was injured, two vehicles were stuck due to the trees falling.