Pune Endures Record-High April Temperatures Amid Unseasonal Weather

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Pune, 19th April 2024: Pune city and its surrounding areas have been experiencing unseasonal rains for the past two days, alongside hot, humid winds coming from the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. These conditions have significantly increased the air humidity in the region, making the heat in the city unbearable for residents.

Light to moderate rainfall has been observed in isolated areas of Pune over the last two days, contributing to the rise in moisture in the air. This, combined with the warm winds from the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea, has led to an overall increase in humidity across Pune and the state. A retired scientist from the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Dr Anupam Kashyapi, noted that while morning and evening temperatures tend to be lower, the increase in air humidity still makes the heat intolerable.

Despite expectations of a drop in temperature following the unseasonal rains, on Thursday temperatures soared above 43 degrees Celsius in various parts of the city. Hadapsar recorded a maximum temperature of 43.5 degrees, Wadgaon Sheri reached 43.1 degrees, and Koregaon Park saw 43.0 degrees. Other areas such as Magarpatta, Lavale, Pashan, Shivajinagar, NDA, and Haveli also experienced temperatures ranging from 39.2 to 42.4 degrees Celsius.

The temperature exceeding 43 degrees has been observed consistently for five to six consecutive days, particularly in Wadgaon Sheri, Koregaon Park, Lavale, and Hadapsar. This is the highest April temperature recorded in Pune city and its suburbs in the last eleven years. Typically, the average April temperature in Pune ranges from 37 to 40 degrees Celsius, with only one previous instance in 2019 where the mercury reached 43 degrees on April 27. This year’s unusual weather patterns have left residents enduring prolonged periods of extreme heat.