With the first five days of June seeing heavy rainfall, Pune’s average rainfall quota for June has already been met and this has spurred farming activity in the region.
While the average monthly rainfall quota for June is 125 mm, the region saw heavy rainfall for three consecutive days beginning June 3, which resulted in the total precipitation reaching 144mm.
Catchment areas of four dams, which provide drinking water to the city, have received a substantial amount of rainfall. Warasgaon dam recorded 129mm of rainfall, Panshet dam recorded 126mm, Temghar dam recorded 95mm and Khadakwasla dam recorded 72mm.
The southwest monsoon arrived seven days early in western Maharashtra. Pune, Satara, Sangli and Kolhapur have received moderate to heavy rainfall. The monsoon has advanced to other parts of the state with some areas of Marathwada and north Maharashtra witnessing showers.
In parts of western Maharashtra which have seen a precipitation of around 80 mm, sowing activity has begun. “Normally, we advice farmers to sow only after 65 mm of rainfall is received in the initial days of the monsoon. Now that many areas of western Maharashtra and Konkan have received more than 65 mm of rainfall, farmers have started sowing,” said Ramchandra Sable, head, agriculture and weather department, Mahatma Phule Agriculture University.
Medha Khole, director (forecast), India Meteorological Department said that the southwest monsoon would arrive in the rest of the state within the next two days.
“The current rains are a result of the low-pressure belt created in the Arabian Sea, off the western coast of Maharashtra,” said Khole. Besides Maharashtra, the southwest monsoon has arrived in Goa, parts of Madhya Pradesh, coastal Karnataka and Kerala.