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You might have to postpone your Diwali shopping in Pune this weekend as IMD forecasts heavy rainfall

According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), heavy rainfall is expected in the city in the next 48 hours as well.

pune Updated: Oct 13, 2017 23:19 IST
Jui Dharwadkar
The heavy rains on Friday brought the city to a standstill with flooded roads and traffic jams.
The heavy rains on Friday brought the city to a standstill with flooded roads and traffic jams.(HT PHOTO)

Heavy rains disrupted normal life in the city on Friday with the city receiving 80 mm rainfall within an hour in the afternoon. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the city received 101 mm rainfall since morning. This is the highest rainfall city has received  in a day since 2011, said IMD officials.

According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), heavy rainfall is expected in the city in the next 48 hours as well. The heavy rains on Friday brought the city to a standstill with flooded roads and traffic jams.

When contacted, AK Srivastava, head of climate monitoring and analysis group at IMD, Pune, clarified that the city received very heavy rainfall on Friday, but it was not a cloud burst.  He stated that such heavy rainfall can be seen when the monsoon starts retreating and the same was experienced on Friday. 

 "IMD had predicted a thunderstorm and heavy rainfall in the city and the predictions have been correct, " he added. 

 According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), conditions are becoming favourable for further withdrawal of the southwest monsoon from the remaining parts of northwest India, some more parts of central and western India and some parts of eastern India. 

Speaking about the withdrawal of monsoon from Maharashtra, Srivastava said, "There is rainfall expected in the next 48 hours and monsoon withdrawal can be predicted only after that." 

IMD has issued a warning of heavy rainfall accompanied with thunderstorm on October 14 in central Maharashtra. On October 15, Konkan and Goa region, along with central Maharashtra, are likely to experience rainfall. On October 16 and 17, the weather across the state is likely to remain dry .

On Friday, heavy rains played spoil sport for many shoppers ahead of Diwali. Aruna Desai, a resident of Shivajinagar said, “We had planned to complete some Diwali shopping today, but heavy rains spoiled our plans. We were about to leave from home in the afternoon, but it started pouring and later, all the roads got flooded and we had to cancel our plan.”

A working professional, Nilesh Raut, too shared similar problems. He said, “Me along with my relatives were planning to do Diwali shopping today as most places will get crowded by the weekend.  But we changed our plans in the evening as there were traffic jams every where.”