PUNE: Rain spared the city on the voting day on Monday with the Met department recording traces of precipitation, but Solapur and Satara recorded heavy downpour at 77.8mm and 89.8mm, respectively, during the 24 hours ending on Monday morning.
The overnight rain caused waterlogging in some polling booths in Baramati, Solapur and Satara. The Baramati tehsil administration lined up six tractor trailers outside a booth - a zilla parishad school - to facilitate voting at Kambleshwar village.
"We came up with 'jugaad' to prevent any inconvenience to over 2,000 voters in the village, about 18km from Baramati town," Baramati tehsildar Vijay Patil said over the phone.
Light to moderate rain occurred in many cities in south Maharashtra during the 24 hours till Monday morning. Mumbai, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Nashik , Malegaon and Jalgaon received light rain.
Anupam Kashyapi, head of weather, IMD, Pune, said, "The trough from the low-pressure area from the east-central Arabian Sea to south Chhattisgarh across Goa, north interior Karnataka and Telangana as well as the interaction between the southerlies from the Arabian Sea and the easterlies from the Bay of Bengal were mainly responsible for the rain. Rainfall reduced marginally on Monday in central and coastal Maharashtra as well as Marathwada, but the possibility of thundershowers remains because there is still a lot of moisture incursion over these parts."
He said, "Though it did not rain during the voting hours, the development of cumulous clouds started around 1pm on Monday. Cumulonimbus clouds (dark, thunderstorm clouds) are formed from these."
Many residents of the city welcomed the almost dry weather on the voting day on social media, but the turnout was abysmal. Sugandha Patil, a resident of Shivajinagar, said, "I went to vote around 9am, as there was a thundershower warning for the afternoon."
The polling day started with an overcast sky. Clouds dissipated later, leading to a sunny afternoon on Monday though it was raining in Shivajinagar (17.4mm), Lohegaon (18.6mm) and Pashan (17.6mm) at night preceding the voting day.
Voters had to walk through muck in some places. Sukare Patil (81) from Baner said, "My polling booth at Sopanrao Katake School was completely slushy, but it did not prevent me from casting my vote."
Voting over, rain is likely to make a comeback on Tuesday. Pune, Palghar, Thane and Mumbai may experience some rain. Thunderstorm accompanied with lightning and heavy rain are likely at some places in Kolhapur, Satara, Sangli, Solapur and Aurangabad.