After witnessing light rains for the last many days, Monsoon showers finally resumed over the state of Maharashtra on the past day. Moderate to heavy rains occurred over many parts of Vidarbha. After experiencing almost dry weather, some parts of Marathwada also finally received some moderate to heavy showers.
On the other hand, scattered light to moderate rains continued over Konkan region along with some light rains over parts of Madhya Maharashtra. The reason for the intensification of the rain activities can be associated with the westward movement of the low-pressure area and intensification of the same as well.
In the last 24 hours, from 08:30 am on Wednesday, Chandrapur recorded heavy rains to the tune of 88 mm, Parbhani 62 mm, Yeotmal 61 mm, Solapur 56 mm, Nagpur 30 mm, Buldana 29 mm, Udgir 28 mm, Amravati 24 mm, Ratnagiri 20 mm, Wardha 19 mm, Vengurla 18 mm, Washim 17 mm, Mumbai 7 mm, Dahanu 3 mm and Alibag recorded 2 mm of rains.
Now the depression which is over South Chhattisgarh and Odisha, would move towards the west and therefore, we expect heavy to very heavy rains to occur over many parts of Maharashtra. Vidarbha and Marathwada, places like Nanded, Hingoli, Jalna, Aurangabad, and Jalgaon may also receive heavy to very heavy rains.
Moreover, rains would also increase over parts of Madhya Maharashtra and Konkan division including Pune, Nashik, and Kolhapur. Mumbai may also experience moderate rains with one or two heavy spells during the next two to three days.
At this stage, let us see the impact of this weather on the agriculture belt of Maharashtra:
Farmers are advised to postpone irrigation, remove excess water from the field and maintain the optimum water level of 5 cm in the rice field. Farmers are also recommended to give proper support to cucurbitaceous crops.
Due to cloudy weather and rainy climate, the incidence of leaf-eating caterpillar on Kharif crops, vegetables, and fruit crops can be checked by spraying proper pesticide. Farmers should carry out preparatory tillage practices for cultivation of adsali Sugarcane.
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