Maharashtra, Konkan, Goa to witness heavy-very heavy rains: IMD
Regions of Konkan, Goa and north Madhya Maharashtra regions (including Mumbai) are likely to face heavy to very heavy rainfall in the coming week, as per the forecast of the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Officials believe that continuous cyclonic circulation over south Gujarat and Maharashtra is the reason behind the heavy downpour. Notably, several areas of Maharashtra experienced deficit rainfall in early June.
Heavy to very heavy rainfall to continue till July 11
Anupam Kashyapi, head of weather department at IMD, Pune, said, "Along with the cyclonic circulation, there is plenty of moisture that is getting pumped-in from the Arabian Sea. Collectively, this is causing heavy to very heavy rainfall over the region." Kashyapi further informed, "This will continue over Konkan and Goa, north Madhya Maharashtra till July 11."
Goa, Konkan, Madhya Maharashtra have registered above normal rainfall already
News reports suggest that Goa, Konkan and Madhya Maharashtra (Nashik, Nandurbar, Dhule and Jalgaon) have already crossed the surplus/above normal mark due to continuous rainfall. Despite such downpour, there are still many regions in the state (Maharashtra) that are highly rain deficit districts.
Marathwada, Vidarbha regions still high on rainfall deficit
To note, Marathwada and Vidarbha are still rainfall deficit. There are also several districts in the state that have recorded rainfall in negative. Among them, Hingoli, Nanded, Solapur and Yavatmal top the list, with -60%, -55%, -49% and -47% recorded rainfall. IMD said that the rainfall intensity may fall marginally during mid-week over Marathwada and Vidarbha, but might get picked up later on.
Pune recorded one of the heaviest downpours at 48.7mm
On the other hand, rainfall in Pune has paced up during the weekend after a brief pause. In the 24 hours between July 6 (Saturday) and July 7 (Sunday), the city recorded one of the heaviest downpours so far at 48.7mm. Last time the city experienced similar heavy rainfall was in 2016 (73.5mm), 2014 (84.3mm), 2010 (54.2mm) and 2009 (93.7mm).