Pune: Pre-monsoon showers are likely to hit the city on May 31, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). With high wind speeds, tree branches are expected to break. The department predicts moderate rain over the city till June 2 with winds touching 40 kmph. The low-pressure area over the southeast and adjoining east-central Arabian Sea this weekend could help this rainfall.
The wind pattern will change from northwesterly to westerly, bringing in moisture from the Arabian Sea. The wind discontinuity over south Maharashtra is likely to drag more moisture from the Arabian Sea towards the land area. This, coupled with high temperatures, is likely to bring rains in parts of the State.
“With the formation of another low pressure area over southeast and adjoining east-central Arabian Sea during May 31-June 4 and the direction the weather models indicate it would take, pre-monsoon rainfall may increase further in parts of the State. Scattered locations in Madhya Maharashtra, Marathwada and Vidarbha, might get rain from May 31. Fairy widespread locations in Konkan would also get rain on June 1,” Anupam Kashyapi, head of weather, IMD Pune, told TOI.
Pune region is expected to experience light to moderate rain along with thunder and winds, especially on Sunday and Monday. The citizens have been requested to exert caution from May 31 to June 3.
IMD also stated that the monsoon is likely to enter Kerala by June 1 or 2, marking the start of the four-month rainy season, which is extremely critical for the agriculture and allied industry. The country gets 70 per cent of the rainfall during monsoons. It’s a relief for the farmers who have been impacted due to the economic slowdown and COVID-19 pandemic situation. However, urban regions also have the challenge to contain the contagious pandemic that may see a rapid spread in water-clogged areas.
The weather department had earlier said that the monsoon would arrive by June 5. Usually, June 1 is the time when the monsoon hits Kerala and gradually marches to the mainland.