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Saturday, June 25: Over most parts of Maharashtra, the monsoon showers are yet to begin in full force. Since the start of June, the state has collectively recorded 102.9 mm precipitation — a 36% ‘deficit’ as compared to its long-term average for this period (160.8 mm). But now, the statewide rainfall activity is set to pick up, with heavy rains forecast across all Maharashtrian subdivisions.

As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the wet conditions will be created by the combined influence of multiple meteorological factors: an off-shore trough running from south Gujarat coast to north Kerala coast, a cyclonic circulation over east-central Arabian Sea off the Maharashtra coast, and strong westerly winds along the west coast.

Together, they will cause widespread rains and thunderstorms over Coastal Maharashtra, along with fairly widespread showers across Madhya Maharashtra and Marathwada for the next five days, i.e. from Saturday to Wednesday (June 25-29) and possibly beyond.

Further, isolated heavy rains (64.5-115.5 mm) are likely to lash Coastal Maharashtra on all five days and the ghat areas of Madhya Maharashtra on Saturday, Sunday and next Wednesday.

Also, isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall (64.5-204 mm) is on the cards for Coastal Maharashtra on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday; and over the ghat areas of Madhya Maharashtra for the next 24 hours. The districts of Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg will particularly be on alert during this forecast period.

As for Mumbai, the state capital is expected to witness heavy rainfall over the weekend, after which the intensity will reduce to moderate from Monday to Wednesday.

On the other hand, a trough from west Rajasthan to Gangetic West Bengal in lower levels is expected to bring fairly widespread rains, thunderstorms and lightning over the Vidarbha subdivision for the next five days, along with isolated heavy rains between Sunday and Wednesday, June 26-29.

In view of these predictions, the IMD has issued a yellow watch over the entire state, so as to urge its residents to ‘be aware’ of the local weather situation.

Meanwhile, owing to the scanty rainfall since the monsoon’s arrival in Maharashtra on June 10, the farmers in the state are still refraining from taking up sowing due to the absence of ample moisture in the soil. According to reports, their main worry is over kharif pulses, particularly moong (green gram) and urad (black gram), whose window is nearing a close.


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