Pune: Indian Meteorological Department has predicted rains associated with thundery activity, and lightning for the next three days in Pune along with Nashik and Sambhajinagar (Aurangabad). IMD, Pune has also predicted thundery activity for the Pune district till April 18 associated with lightning.
In its forecast for the week, IMD predicted mainly a clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards the afternoon/evening associated with thundery activity, lightning likely, short periods of strong wind, and very light rain and hail.
The weather will continue to remain the same till Saturday and thereafter the thundery activity, lightning and cloud cover towards the afternoon/evening will take over.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday Pune recorded 38.2 degrees Celsius temperature which was nearly a two-degree fall from Tuesday when it recorded 40.1 degrees Celsius making it April’s highest so far.
Normal rains this year
Meanwhile, the IMD on Tuesday predicted normal rainfall (96 per cent of the long-period average of 87 cm) in the country during the southwest monsoon season which is of great relief for the agriculture sector.
The IMD forecast came just a day after private agency Skymet Weather predicted "below-normal" monsoon rains (94 per cent of the long-period average) owing to the evolving El Nino conditions, which are generally associated with the weakening of monsoon winds and dry weather in India.
According to the IMD, rainfall between 96 per cent and 104 per cent of a 50-year average of 87 cm is considered 'normal'.
Rainfall less than 90 per cent of the long-period average is considered 'deficient', between 90 per cent and 95 per cent is 'below normal', between 105 per cent and 110 per cent is 'above normal' and more than 100 per cent is 'excess' precipitation.
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