South Maharashtra region receives good spells of rain

Times of India | 5 days ago | 24-06-2022 | 03:34 am

South Maharashtra region receives good spells of rain

Kolhapur: Several parts of south Maharashtra received good showers on Thursday. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a yellow alert for Kolhapur and Satara districts till June 26, and accordingly, most parts of these two districts received a few heavy spells of rain on Thursday.The intensity of the rainfall was heavy in the ghat areas like Gagan Bawda, Amboli, Amba and Koyna. The Kolhapur city witnessed on-and-off spells of heavy rainfall in the morning, noon and evening, which caused waterlogging in several low-lying areas of the city, and the roads had large puddles. Amit Jadhav, a citizen of Rajarampuri, said, “The Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) has not bothered to fill the potholes and now the holes are filled with rainwater. Many low-lying areas are waterlogged, due to which the potholes are not visible, making it risky for the two-wheeler riders. If they are collecting road tax, why can’t they offer good roads in the city.”Solapur received the highest 18.3 mm rainfall on Thursday among other western Maharashtra districts, and the isolated parts of Sangli also received heavy rainfall. As per the IMD, Kolhapur received 10.5 mm rainfall, Satara received 5.8 mm rainfall, Sangli received 2.5 mm rainfall and Solapur received 18.3 mm rainfall in the past 24 hours recorded till Thursday evening.Meanwhile, as per the IMD, the maximum temperature in Kolhapur was 29.6 degrees Celsius and the minimum temperature was 22.0 degrees Celsius. Satara recorded a maximum temperature of 31.5 degrees Celsius and a minimum temperature of 22.5 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature in Sangli was 31.1 degrees Celsius and the minimum temperature was 22.2 degrees Celsius. Solapur recorded the maximum temperature of 33.2 degrees Celsius and the minimum temperature of 24.2 degrees Celsius on Thursday.

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