Pune’s Wadgaonsheri area experienced 114.5 mm of rainfall within a span of 90 minutes.

According to data from the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the Wadgaonsheri area received 114.5 mm of rainfall between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm.

On Tuesday, Pune city experienced widespread heavy rainfall due to significant moisture incursion and the formation of cumulonimbus clouds. According to data from the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the Wadgaonsheri area recorded 114.5 mm of rainfall between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm.

Cumulonimbus clouds typically trigger thunderstorms and heavy rainfall. Despite resembling a cloud burst-like condition, this event hasn’t officially been categorized as one, as per a weather expert.

Anupam Kashyapi, former head of the weather and forecasting division at IMD Pune, explained, “There’s significant moisture influx from the Arabian Sea as the monsoon current advances. The high temperature led to the formation of cumulonimbus cells or clouds over Pune and nearby regions, resulting in extensive heavy rainfall across the city.”

The heavy rainfall in Wadgaonsheri led to flash flood conditions in the area, causing inundation of low-lying areas and waterlogging. Traffic disruptions were reported in various places including Dhanori, Vishrantwadi, Lohegaon, and Sinhagad Road. Additionally, frequent power outages were reported in many parts of the city.

Nishikant Raut, the public relations officer for the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) in Pune, stated, “We received numerous complaints from Sahakarnagar, Parvati, Bibwewadi, Kothrud, and a few other areas. The rainfall today has been substantial, resulting in waterlogging and subsequent electricity disruptions in many areas. Efforts are underway to restore power supply to the affected areas.”

Several incidents of tree-felling were reported by the fire brigade department. In the Kasba Peth area, a large tree fell onto the road, causing disruptions to traffic.

Lohegaon recorded 84 mm of rainfall, while Shivajinagar recorded 17.1 mm, as of 5:30 pm.

Regarding the heavy rainfall in the city, Kashyapi explained, “Before the onset of the monsoon, heavy showers like these occur due to high moisture, temperature, and cloud formation. However, this condition typically lasts for a short period. Since the southwest monsoon has not yet arrived in Maharashtra, this downpour is categorized as pre-monsoon rainfall.”

Maharashtra, including Pune city, is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the southwest monsoon. Presently, the northern limit of the monsoon extends through Goa, Gadag, Narayanpet, Narsapur, and Islampur, as indicated by weather department officials.

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