July ends with surplus rain, August off to low-key start

July ended on a surplus note for Pune with over 74mm excess rainfall registered in the month.

The city recorded 194mm rainfall till the end of July , which was just shy of some past rain records for Pune for the month.

During several years in the past, the monthly total for July had exceeded 200mm.For instance, the city recorded 223.3mm rainfall in July 2016, while the rainfall for the month touched 282.4mm in 2014. Similarly , Pune recorded over 200mm rainfall in July during 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011, making it among the most rain-bearing month of the monsoon season. Conversely , the years 2015, 2012 and 2008 had witnessed paltry , double-digit rain figures in July .

With the July rain, Pune’s seasonal rainfall (from June 1 to July 31) has touched 403mm, against a normal of 328.4mm.

Officials at the Met department said the monsoon for Pune has remained quite good this year so far. “The monsoon this year has been normal over the country , barring 10-20 days of variability in some regions. There was no large-scale feature this year to suppress all-India rainfall activity. What benefited Madhya Maharashtra and subsequently Pune was the rainfall systems over the Bay of Bengal. These systems benefited regions on the leeward side of the western Ghats, including Pune,“ the official said.

Meanwhile, August has begun on a subdued note for Pune, with a forecast of only light rains for the city during the next week.

As per a Skymet forecast, most parts of Konkan & Goa region will see light to moderate rains during the next 24 hours but the rain will reduce, thereafter. “Places such as Pune, Sangli, Satara, Nashik and Kolhapur may continue to witness light Monsoon rains for the next few days,“ the forecast added.

Source : TOI