The rain, which India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials said resulted from convective clouds over the city, lashed most other parts of Pune as well. The IMD‘s Shivajinagar observatory, which covers the central parts of Pune, recorded 13.3mm rainfall while Wadgaonsheri recorded 16mm for the same period. Areas like Magarpatta (8.5mm), Pashan (8.5mm), Chinchwad (7.5mm), and Koregaon Park (3mm) also received rain in the afternoon.
The southwest monsoon, was expected to hit the mainlands of Kerala by June 4, but this did not happen due to prevailing weather conditions over the Arabian Sea. “A cyclonic circulation is likely to develop over the southeast Arabian Sea around June 5. Under its influence, a low-pressure area is likely to form over the same region in the next 48 hours. We are monitoring what could be the possible impact it would have on the monsoon progress in the next two days,” said a senior IMD official.
The next 48 hours are crucial in terms of the monsoon progressing to Kerala. Thereafter, it will make further inroads. As far as Maharashtra is concerned, the monsoon is unlikely to reach on or before June 10,” the official added.
Normally, the monsoon reaches Maharashtra between June 7 and 10, but last year, it had reached the state on June 11, the official said. On Sunday, the rain intensity in some areas of rural Pune was high, with Malin village in Ambegaon tehsil recording 36.5mm and Bhor recording 27.5mm rainfall till 5.30pm, said Met officials.
In Pune city, waterlogging was reported in some areas and rainwater gushed into houses in Hadapsar, such as in the low-lying area of Malwadi, said city fire brigade personnel, who had to pump out the water. Tree falling incidents were seen in Sasanenagar, Shewalwadi, Kalepadal, Kondhwa Khurd, Kaleboratenagar, and Tadiwala Road in the afternoon and evening.
A senior Met official said, “Strong clouds developed over Pune city and rural areas around 2pm. As a result, several parts of these areas recorded rain in the afternoon. Also, several areas recorded gusty winds, mainly in rural pockets.”
In Madhya Maharashtra, the hill station of Mahabaleshwar in Satara district recorded 15mm and Sangli recorded 20mm rainfall. No rain was recorded in the Marathwada region till 5.30pm, said Met officials. Meanwhile, the Met department has forecast that the city will have clear sky conditions on Monday, turning partly cloudy towards afternoon and evening.
The maximum temperatures of the city are likely to hover between 36-37 degrees Celsius till June 10, said Met officials. Earlier, in May, IMD’s updated long range forecast for monsoon this year has indicated below normal rainfall over most of Maharashtra from June to September.