Pune: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast a spell of pre-monsoon rain and thunder in many areas of Maharashtra from May 30 in line with the approachingrainy season, after a heatwave in several parts of the state.
Pune, Kolhapur, Satara, Sangli, Solapur, Nanded, Latur and Osmanabad are likely to experience thundershowers on May 30, bringing down the soaring mercury.
Anupam Kashyapi, head of weather, IMD, Pune, told TOI that moisture incursion over parts of the state, especially Konkan and Madhya Maharashtra, would gradually start increasing from May 28 evening, with a gradual shift in the wind pattern to west-northwesterly to westerly.
“This will marginally reduce day temperatures and will also start bringing in moisture from the Arabian Sea over the state, under the influence of a pressure gradient over central Maharashtra due to high temperature in isolated areas. The rise in moisture availability in the coming period is a contrast to the last few days, when super cyclone Amphan had depleted moisture from Maharashtra,” said Kashyapi.
On Tuesday, day temperatures dropped marginally in parts of Madhya Maharashtra, especially Pune (Shivajinagar 37.6ºC and Lohegaon 39.1ºC). But heatwave was witnessed in Malegaon (44.6º C), Solapur (44.6ºC), Parbhani and Nanded (45.5ºC), Akola(46.5ºC), Amravati (45.6ºC), Nagpur (46.8ºC) and Wardha (46ºC), among other places.