Rainfall likely to increase in parts of Maharashtra from September-end

Times of India | 3 days ago | 24-09-2022 | 04:33 am

Rainfall likely to increase in parts of Maharashtra from September-end

PUNE: Rainfall is likely to increase in parts of Maharashtra from around September 30, right up till October 6, delaying the commencement of monsoon withdrawal over Maharashtra, an extended range forecast by the Met department indicated on Friday. In Maharashtra, monsoon withdrawal commencement normally starts from October 3-4. "But this process is unlikely to start before October 10 this year due to intermittent rainfall activity during the first 10 days of the month. Therefore, we expect a delay in monsoon withdrawal commencement by about 6-7 days from extreme north of Maharashtra this season," Anupam Kashyapi, head of weather forecasting division, IMD, Pune, told TOI. Kashyapi said, "Monsoon withdrawal progress over northwest India has stalled since the last few days owing to a system over north India, which will cause isolated to fairly widespread rainfall in areas of Rajasthan, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Punjab during the next few days. So, further progress over northwest India may be delayed by another 5-7 days." Speaking on the rainfall scenario for the next few days, Kashyapi said except for Vidarbha and Konkan-Goa, rest of Maharashtra might see subdued rainfall activity during the next 2-3 days. "North-central Konkan may see marginally above normal rainfall till September 30, while the rest of the state are expected to receive near-normal rain till that period. During September 30-October 6, extreme north Madhya-Maharashtra, full Vidarbha and south Konkan may witness above-normal rainfall, while rest of the state, including Pune, may experience normal rainfall during that period," he said. Kashyapi said because of these reasons, withdrawal of monsoon may be a slow affair from north-west India and Central India during the first week of October. "This, in turn, will cause a delay in commencement of monsoon withdrawal from parts of Maharashtra." Kashyapi said rainfall over parts of Maharashtra during September 30-October 6 would increase in comparison to the current period. "This would be because a system may form over the Bay of Bengal during that week and the strengthening of westerly winds from the Arabian Sea," he said. During the next few days till September 27, Madhya Maharashtra and Marathwada are likely to see isolated rainfall, while Konkan may witness scattered rains. Pune city, meanwhile, is likely to experience very light to light rain.

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