Pune on high alert, heavy rainfall expected this week

ST Staff
Tuesday, 30 June 2020

IMD has issued a warning of heavy to extreme heavy downpour this week in five districts of Maharashtra including Pune

Pune: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning of heavy to extreme heavy downpour this week in five districts of Maharashtra including Pune which has been put on red alert.

Some parts of Sindhudurg, Satara, Ratnagiri and Raigad is also likely to receive heavy spells this week.

Areas of Ratnagiri and Raigad has been put on high alert by the IMD on July 2 and 3 while Sindhugarh is expected to receive heavy rainfall on July 2. Moderate rainfall is anticipated in several parts of Madhya Pradesh and Konkan throughout this week while most districts of Pune and Satara are expected to receive heavy rainfall on July 3.

Pune experienced heavy spells on Monday since the devastating cyclone Nisarga accompanying strong winds and heavy downpour hit Maharashtra in the initial weeks of June. The weather was extremely uncomfortable since last week with hot, humid weather overclouding the city but no signs of rainfall was there until Sunday.

Pune got relief on Monday as it received continual spells which began during the afternoon time. According to the IMD officials, till 5:30 pm, the city recorded a rainfall of 50mm.

However, several areas in Pune experienced the major problem of waterlogging since it received maximum rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms. This resulted in slowing down of traffic movement that was quite limited, along with areas of Camp, Pune Railway Station and Wanowrie.

An IMD senior official stated, “The rainfall is mainly associated with moisture-laden westerly winds, blowing in from the Arabian Sea over parts of Konkan and Madhya Maharashtra.”

 “There has been local heating, which also triggered some thunderous activity in isolated places,” the official added.

Usually, Pune remains hot and dry throughout the month of June, as the IMD officials stated that monsoon entered the state on June this year and soon it went on a weak phase. The cyclone had brought heavy rainfall in Pune including certain districts of Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg and Raigad within the initial weeks of June. However, before this, these areas have never experienced rainfall below normal. 

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