Weather Update: Monsoon Revives In Maharashtra After Delay

Weather Update: Pune to experience thunderstorm accompanied with lightning and moderate spells of rain 

Weather Update: Pune to experience thunderstorm accompanied with lightning and moderate spells of rain 

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The southwest monsoon finally advances over Maharashtra after a delay, bringing relief from the heat.

After an early start on June 6, the southwest monsoon stalled in Maharashtra by June 12, covering 65% of the state. Now, over eight days later, the monsoon has revived, covering 92% of Maharashtra except parts of Nandurbar district. This delay has pushed the onset of the monsoon in the state by five to six days, missing the usual date of June 15.

Typically, the monsoon hits Maharashtra around June 7, covering the entire state by June 15. Last year, it arrived in Konkan on June 11, covering parts of Ratnagiri and Kolhapur districts and the entire Sindhudurg district. This year, the monsoon entered from the southern part of the state on June 6 due to strong Arabian Sea currents, initially covering Sindhudurg, Kolhapur, Ratnagiri, and parts of Solapur, and reaching Pune by June 8.

Progress halted on June 12 due to weak monsoon currents. Anupam Kashyap, former head of weather and forecasting at the India Meteorological Department (IMD), explained, “The monsoon advancement stopped due to the absence of strong monsoon currents in both the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal branches. The Bay of Bengal branch was inactive after Cyclone Remal and hasn’t revived since.”

Recent observations indicate a revival in both branches. “Currently, almost the entire state is under monsoon cover except parts of Nandurbar and Dhule districts,” Kashyapi added. The state can now expect increased rainfall activity. Shilpa Apte, a senior meteorologist at IMD Pune, said, “Wind circulation is active over Vidarbha and adjoining areas. The state is likely to experience moderate to heavy rainfall in isolated areas.”

IMD has issued an orange alert for Sindhudurg and a yellow alert for central Maharashtra, including Pune, starting June 23. Pune is expected to see light rain between June 22 and June 24, with heavier rainfall likely from June 25 onwards, particularly in ghat areas. India has received 20% below-normal rainfall since June 1. The IMD predicts the monsoon will advance further into Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, and other regions over the next few days. Overall, the country received 64.5 mm of rain between June 1 and 18, which is 20% below the long-period average of 80.6 mm.

The monsoon is crucial for India’s agriculture, impacting 52% of the cultivated area. Recent water shortages have worsened the situation, with water storage in major reservoirs dropping to 22% amid the heat wave, affecting drinking water supply and hydropower generation.

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