Curious About Why There Is Downfall In Heat In Pune City? Here Are Some Significant Details

Curious About Why There Is Downfall In Heat In Pune City? Here Are Some Significant Details

Curious About Why There Is Downfall In Heat In Pune City? Here Are Some Significant Details

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Pune’s maximum temperatures have ranged between 30 to 31 degrees Celsius in the last 48 hours, providing Pune citizens with much-needed respite.

29 May 2024

By Khushi Maheshwari 

After enduring days of scorching heat, Pune has finally found relief with cloudy skies and a sudden decrease in maximum temperatures. It was noted that the maximum temperature, which typically ranged between 38 to 41 degrees Celsius, hovered around 30 to 31 degrees Celsius over the past 48 hours.

Weekly Forecast

According to the forecast for the upcoming week, the region is expected to have partly cloudy skies with temperatures ranging from 24 to 36 degrees Celsius. However, there is a possibility of rain or thunderstorms accompanying the partly cloudy conditions on 2nd and 3rd June. Throughout this period, minimum temperatures are anticipated to remain relatively stable, ranging between 24 and 26 degrees Celsius.

Reason Behind This Sudden Change

The change was attributed by Anupam Kashyapi, former head of weather forecasting at the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), to the incursion of moisture from the Arabian Sea, largely influenced by the severe cyclonic storm Remal. 

Despite causing devastation in West Bengal and claiming six lives, Remal mostly bypassed Maharashtra. Nonetheless, its influence was evident in the significant temperature drop experienced in Pune.

It was cautioned by Kashyapi that this relief might be short-lived as the westerly wind pattern established by Remal could lead to moisture depletion across Maharashtra and South Gujarat. A sharp rise in daytime temperatures over west central India, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and South Madhya Pradesh in the coming days was predicted.

The bigger concern lies in how Remal might impact the onset of the southwest monsoon. While the expected onset date for the monsoon over Kerala was set as 31st May by the IMD, the depletion of moisture over the Bay of Bengal could delay its arrival in Northeastern states like Assam, Meghalaya and Mizoram by a day or two.

It was suggested by Kashyapi that while the initial phase of the monsoon may proceed as scheduled, further progress could face hindrances. Fortunately, moisture depletion over the Arabian Sea branch of the monsoon has been less significant, potentially allowing for the timely onset of the monsoon over Kerala and other parts of the country.