Weather Update: Pune Braces for Turbulent Weather as Monsoon Hits Early, Heavy Rainfall Forecast Across Maharashtra and South India

Weather Update: Pune Braces for Turbulent Weather as Monsoon Hits Early, Heavy Rainfall Forecast Across Maharashtra and South India

Early monsoon rains in Pune, Mumbai lead to waterlogged streets as the city experienced heavy downpours.

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The weather Department issued a ln alert stating that citizens should remain alert for the next Critical 72 hrs. Especiallyin Konkan, Madhya Maharastra -Take precautions. Also Avoid ghats of Kolhapur,Pune,Satara till 11June. Red alert in Sindhudurg,Kolhapur for 48hrs& orange for 24hrs; Orange alert in areas of Raigad,Ratnagri,Pune,Satara(9-11) & Thane( June 9,10).Yellow alert (June 9-11) in others. 

The southwest monsoon arrived in Mumbai two days ahead of schedule on June 9, bringing early showers and a forecast of heavy rain across Maharashtra and South India, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

“Typically, the monsoon arrives by June 11, but this year it came early,” said an IMD official. “In 2023, it was delayed until June 24 due to Cyclone Biparjoy.”

The IMD has issued warnings for Mumbai, Raigad, and Ratnagiri, predicting thunderstorms and heavy rainfall. A Red alert is in place for Sindhudurg, Kolhapur, Marathwada, and Vidarbha, indicating a high likelihood of heavy to very heavy rainfall.

Mumbai is bracing for significant rainfall, with the IMD predicting a 51 to 75 per cent chance of thunderstorms and heavy to very heavy rain. Raigad and Ratnagiri are also on alert for major downpours.

In Pune, the weather is expected to be similarly turbulent, with forecasts of heavy rain and thunderstorms. Residents are advised to prepare for wet conditions and potential disruptions.

Most districts in Maharashtra, especially Marathwada and Vidarbha, are forecasted to receive substantial rainfall. Kerala has also reported significant rainfall in the last 24 hours, with Thrissur recording 11 cm and several other regions seeing between 7 to 9 cm of rain.

Coastal regions in Karnataka, Konkan, Goa, Tamil Nadu, and Puducherry are also experiencing heavy rainfall.

The National Centre for Coastal Research (NCCR) has warned of high waves and coastal erosion along Kerala’s coast until 11:30 PM on June 10. The District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has advised fishermen and coastal residents to exercise extreme caution. Evacuations from hazardous areas are recommended, and fishing vessels should be securely anchored to prevent damage.

“Residents in danger zones should relocate as instructed by local authorities. Ensure boats and other fishing vessels are secure and maintain a safe distance between them to prevent collisions,” stated the DDMA. The public is also advised to avoid the beach and refrain from sea activities.

This early monsoon arrival signals a wet start to the season, with heavy rainfall expected to continue in various regions across Maharashtra and South India.