Temperature drops in Pune due to unseasonal rain; There is a possibility of rain on Saturday

According to news agency PTI report, untimely rain on Friday afternoon provided much-needed respite from the scorching heat to Pune city and surrounding areas.

The IMD said that till 5.30 pm, Lohegaon area of ​​the city recorded the highest rainfall of 58 mm, while Vadgaonsheri and Shivajinagar recorded 37.5 mm and 28 mm of rainfall respectively.

At least 29 incidents of trees falling due to strong winds were recorded between 3.30 pm and 7 pm, the fire brigade said.

A tree caught fire due to lightning in Hadapsar area.

According to the IMD release, there is a possibility of rain on Saturday also.

Heatwave disrupts Mumbai-Pune Expressway

The scorching heat across the state is not only causing inconvenience to commuters going to work, but it is also disrupting the plans of families and friends heading for holidays to various places in Pune, Sangli, Satara and Konkan region. Is.

According to the Highway Police report, there is a traffic jam on the Mumbai Pune Express Highway due to the breakdown of cars and heavy vehicles due to the heat. Maharashtra State Highway Police claims that in April alone, around 211 vehicles, mainly cars during the day and heavy vehicles at night, broke down on the ghat stretch.

Highway police figures state that, on weekdays, there are usually 35,000 to 40,000 cars and heavy vehicles plying on the highway. However, during weekends, this number increases to 50,000 to 60,000 vehicles on both the Ghats and Express Highways. This route is not used only by vehicles going towards Pune, Satara, Sangli and Kolhapur. A large section of travelers visiting Konkan including Ratnagiri and other areas opt for this road. Being a state highway, it also serves as a thoroughfare for vehicles heading towards Karnataka and other southern regions, contributing to the increased traffic flow.