Pune Weather Update: Steady showers in ghats and catchment areas

Pune Weather Update: Active Monsoon Predicted For State With Heavy Rainfall Alerts In Ghat Areas 

Pune Weather Update: Active Monsoon Predicted For State With Heavy Rainfall Alerts In Ghat Areas 

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Enhanced rainfall activity leads to rise in Dam water levels; benefits agriculture

July 1, 2024

Pune: As per a recent update from the India Meteorological Department (IMD), steady rainfall has been recorded across the Pune district’s ghat sections and catchment areas. This has significantly boosted water levels and will benefit agricultural activities

The ghat sections, including Lonavala and Tamhini, received substantial rainfall in the last 24 hours. Lonavla reported 163mm, while Tamhini recorded 56mm of rainfall. This increase in rain is crucial for maintaining water levels and supporting local ecosystems.

The catchment areas of the Mula-Mutha sub-basin have also seen increased rainfall over the past 12 hours. Temghar dam’s catchment area recorded 24mm, followed by Varasgaon with 23mm, Panshet with 21mm, Pavana with 20mm, Mulshi with 16mm, and Khadakwasla with 6mm. This rainfall has enhanced the water levels of all dams in the sub-basin. Official figures are expected to be released later on Monday by the irrigation department.

Meteorologists predict light to moderate rainfall over Pune city in the coming days till July 5. It is expected that this will continue to support water resources and agricultural activities. The ghat areas have experienced localized heavy rainfall due to favourable cloud formation conditions, benefiting the surrounding regions.

“Rainfall activity has enhanced the water level of all dams in the last two days in the sub-basin. We will know the figures on Monday,” said an official from the irrigation department

The Shivaji Nagar and Lohegaon observatories reported minimal rainfall at 1.3mm and 1mm, respectively. Pune’s seasonal rainfall has now reached 252mm, surpassing the normal range of 152.9mm, which is promising for agricultural activities in the area.

The official, commenting on the downpour in the ghat areas, said, “Cloud formation is high, and their movement gets stumbled over the ghat sections due to favourable conditions. As a result, the ghat section gets actual ‘creamy rainfall’. The remaining clouds bring rainfall to other regions of the district.

Across the state, Mahabaleshwar recorded 47mm of rainfall, while Nashik and Kolhapur received 19mm and 17mm, respectively. In Marathwada, the rainfall brought relief to farmers with Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar recording 10mm, Beed 6mm, and Parbhani 1mm.

State agriculture department officials reported that sowing activities in Maharashtra are on track, although more rainfall is needed for paddy cultivation. The southwest monsoon has further advanced into more parts of west Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu, as reported by meteorological officials.

These rainfall patterns are crucial for bolstering water resources and supporting agricultural productivity across Maharashtra, setting a positive tone for the ongoing monsoon season.