Thunder, heavy rain along with lightning has been predicted in the city by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).
It remained cloudy throughout yesterday and for two hours in the afternoon; parts of Pune district saw heavy rain. IMD’s Pashan observatory recorded 16 mm of rain. Widespread rain has been forecast from today till October 22, due to a fresh weather system developing in the Bay of Bengal.
Anupam Kashyapi, head of the weather division, IMD Pune told The Indian Express, “A low pressure system will form in the Bay of Bengal on Monday. Isolated heavy rain is expected over most parts of Maharashtra, except Vidarbha, during the next three days. The system will intensify on October 20.”
He added that as the system forms, there would be moisture incursion over the state. “The above normal temperatures recorded during the day will add a heat load into the atmosphere, which will then interact with the moist conditions. As a result, cumulonimbus clouds will develop, triggering convective activity- thunder and rain experienced post afternoon hours,” Kashyapi said.
Last week was heavy rains wreaked havoc for Maharashtra. More than 25 people were killed in Sangli, Pune and Solapur districts. Some places like Indapur, Panhala, Baramati, Mahabaleshwar, Pandharpur and Paithan saw monsoon like rainfall between 80-435 mm within just three days.
The southwest monsoon as well has not been able to withdraw itself due to these weather systems and is hanging over central India for more than ten days. There is an east-west trough too that will run between North Karnataka and east-central Bay of Bengal this week.
The weather update issued by IMD yesterday said, “Including Maharashtra, most parts of the southern peninsula- Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu- will experience isolated heavy spells till October 22.”