Due to unfavourable conditions in the Arabian Sea, the arrival of monsoon in the city is likely to be delayed. According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), monsoon will hit Pune around June 9-10. However, there’s good news for Puneites. The populace will get reprieve from scorching heat, as the IMD has predicted a short spell of pre-monsoon showers in the next 48 hours.
An IMD official said that although the southwest monsoon has advanced over Maldives and southwest Bay of Bengal, it is yet to reach the state because of the low-pressure area over the Arabian Sea, which has intensified and is sucking up the moisture. After reaching Kerala, monsoon will cover Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Goa and parts of southern Maharashtra before hitting the city on June 9.
“However, with the monsoon moving northwards to cover parts of south and central Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea, it will make conditions favourable for the city. We can expect pre-monsoon showers in the next 2 days,” said an IMD official The IMD had predicted a normal monsoon this year, with rainfall of 99 per cent.