PUNE: There may be a slight respite from the steady rain, just in time for voting day in Pune.
According to an India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast, light to moderate rains are expected to continue in nearly 75% of the stations in Madhya Maharashtra, Konkan and Marathwada . Officials said these three regions might see a marginal reduction, but said rainfall in Vidarbha will substantially lessen.Meanwhile, the Regional Meteorological Center (RMC) in Mumbai stuck to its Monday forecast of thunderstorm with lightning and gusty winds at isolated places in Pune, Kolhapur, Satara, Sangli, Solapur, Parbhani, Beed, Latur and Osmanabad districts, with rain and thundershower possibility for all the other districts in the state.
“On Monday, rainfall activity may marginally come down in Pune city. Weather will be comfortable till 2pm. If the sun peeps out for a short while in the afternoon, there could be thundery activity, lightning, a very short spell of gusty wind and short-but-intense spell of rain in the afternoon/evening,” Anupam Kashyapi, head of weather, IMD-Pune, said.
Kashyapi said the northern and central parts of the state are getting enough moisture due to the southerly winds from Arabian Sea, bringing moisture from the low-pressure system over east-central Arabian Sea. “Moreover, the easterly wind from coastal Andhra Pradesh and Telangana too is bringing adequate moisture over the state. There has been an interaction of these winds, because of which Konkan-Goa, Madhya Maharashtra and Marathwada are receiving showers. Rainfall on Sunday was further aided by a trough from the low-pressure area over east-central Arabian Sea to Vidarbha, across North Interior Karnataka and Telangana. By Monday, there will be a reduction in not only the depth of the trough line, but also the interaction of both these winds, bringing a slight reduction in rainfall in Madhya Maharashtra, Marathwada and Konkan, ” Kashyapi said.
Intermittent spells of rain, with persistent drizzle in between, lashed the city through the night intervening Saturday and Sunday, and for the better part of Sunday. Shivajinagar recorded 12.9mm of rainfall from 8.30am to 8.30pm on Sunday, while Pashan and Lohegaon received 9.8mm and 12.8mm till 5.30pm.
The fire brigade received 20 complaints of tree-fall incidents from Aundh, Kothrud, Karvenagar, Baner, Pashan, Mukundnagar and Bhavani Peth, but there were no injuries.