Pune, India – The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a weather forecast predicting continued light to moderate rainfall in Pune and its neighboring regions until November 30. The unexpected rain, accompanied by sporadic thunder and lightning, has raised concerns among residents and farmers.
On Sunday evening, the Shivajinagar observatory recorded a rainfall of 2.8 mm within a 30-minute period. Simultaneously, Magarpatta, Lavale, and Chinchwad experienced rainfall measuring 2 mm, 1.5 mm, and 1 mm respectively.
Surprisingly, rural areas of Pune witnessed more intense showers, with Khed receiving the highest rainfall at 32.5 mm, followed by Ambegaon with 20 mm and Narayangaon with 10 mm.
A senior IMD official attributed the increased moisture to the interaction between easterly and westerly troughs’ winds. This climatic scenario is expected to bring rainfall to Dhule, Nandurbar, Jalgaon, Nashik, Buldhana, and Akola.
The forecast also includes periods of rain and strong winds in specific locations of Raigad, Thane, and Mumbai. IMD officials have warned of a high likelihood of hailstorms in the northern and northeastern parts of the state, similar to incidents in Nashik on Sunday.
City temperatures have been unusually high, with Shivajinagar reaching 21.3 degrees Celsius, 8.2 degrees above normal, and Lohegaon at 21.9 degrees Celsius, 7.9 degrees above normal. However, officials anticipate a decrease in temperatures due to the unexpected rainfall.
The Marathwada and Vidharbha regions experienced higher than average temperatures, causing concerns for grape farmers. The state agriculture department predicts significant losses for grape farmers due to untimely rainfall. The harvesting stage of grapes is particularly vulnerable to damage from unexpected rain, especially in regions where grape cultivation is extensive.
As residents and farmers brace for the impact of unseasonal weather, authorities continue to monitor and update the weather forecast.