Pune: Monsoon Pause Leads to 3-4°C Temperature Hike Across Maharashtra; Pune Records 33.8°C

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Pune, 17th June 2024: The rain, which arrived early this year, has already shown signs of waning from the Konkan coast to the Vidarbha region. Due to the stoppage of rain, the heat has increased, with temperatures rising by 3 to 4 degrees Celsius. The average maximum temperature is now between 35 and 40 degrees Celsius in Maharashtra.

Monsoon rains that entered Jalgaon, Amravati, and Chandrapur on Monday (10th June) have lingered there. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the progress of the monsoon has stalled. The strength of the monsoon winds has diminished, and the amount of moisture in the air has decreased, clearing the rains from the Konkan coast to Vidarbha.

Even though monsoon rains have reached most parts of Maharashtra, local warming is causing the moisture in the air to form clouds. As a result, light to moderate rain is falling in isolated places, accompanied by thunderstorms and gale-force winds.

According to statistics, while the country usually receives an average of 61.1 mm of rain from 1st June to 15th June, only 52.1 mm has fallen this year, indicating a 16% deficit. However, Maharashtra has received 20% more rain than the average, with an actual rainfall of 91.7 mm compared to the average of 76.2 mm. Above-average rainfall has been recorded in Central Maharashtra. In contrast, Ratnagiri has received 28% less rain than average, Dharashiv 26% less, Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar 40% less, Chandrapur 44% less, Gadchiroli 30% less, and Gondia 57% less.

Dr. Anupam Kashyapi, a retired scientist from the IMD, stated that coastal areas also received less than average rainfall. Except for a few places in Kolhapur, Sangli, and Beed districts, there was not much rain in Maharashtra on Sunday (16th June). He also mentioned that the southwest monsoon branch over the Arabian Sea will intensify in the next three to four days. The branches in the Bay of Bengal will become active this week and move forward. Monsoon rains are expected to intensify again after 20th June and will spread to the rest of the country.

Temperature Across Maharashtra:

– The maximum temperature in Maharashtra has increased by three to four degrees Celsius due to the lack of monsoon rains. Chandrapur recorded 41.2 degrees Celsius on Sunday.
– The temperature in Vidarbha remained between 36 and 40 degrees Celsius. Nagpur recorded 39.9 degrees Celsius, Bhandara 40.4 degrees Celsius, and Wardha 40.0 degrees Celsius.
– The average maximum temperature in Marathwada remained between 33 and 37 degrees Celsius. Aurangabad recorded 34.3 degrees Celsius and Nanded 36.8 degrees Celsius.
– In Central Maharashtra, Ahmednagar recorded 33.0 degrees Celsius, Nashik 33.8 degrees Celsius, Pune 33.8 degrees Celsius, and Solapur 35.0 degrees Celsius.