Monsoon changes track to enter Maharashtra

Pune: For the first time in six years, the southwest monsoon changed its course to enter Maharashtra through Vidarbha instead of Konkan – its usual entry point. The monsoon entered the state on Saturday after a 10-day delay. Nagpur and its adjoining districts experienced showers throughout the day.

The rains are expected to cover Pune, Mumbai and the entire state in the next 48 hours, stated the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday. In the past 24 hours, the IMD recorded about 20mm rainfall in both Nagpur and Chandrapur. In Marathwada, Aurangabad got 40mm rain and Parbhani got 16.4mm rain.

Despite the delayed arrival, forecasters stood by the forecast of above-average monsoon. “The pre-season forecast of an overall monsoon rainfall 104% above the long period average still stands,” said a senior IMD official.