Unusual March Heatwave Hits Pune: IMD Explains Surprising Temperature Rise

Unusual March Heatwave Hits Pune: IMD Explains Surprising Temperature Rise

Heatwave: IMD Warns of Escalating Temperatures Across Mumbai & Maharashtra, Advises Precautionary Measures

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In the past few weeks, Pune and the surrounding areas have been experiencing intense heat, which is similar to the peak summer months. However, what has taken many Pune residents by surprise is that the maximum temperature, ranging between 36-38 degrees Celsius, falls within the normal temperature range for March.

Dr Anupam Kashyapi, head of weather forecasting at the India Meteorological Department (IMD), confirmed this observation, noting that despite the temperatures being within the usual range for March, it feels much hotter. He explained, “The city hasn’t seen significant temperature changes compared to last March. However, the perceived temperature is much higher.” This sensation, according to Kashyap, is due to increased moisture and a lack of wind circulation. 

Moisture from the Arabian Sea has infiltrated Maharashtra, resulting in fewer clouds. While this doesn’t bring rain, it does amplify the heat in Pune and its surroundings, as per Kashyapi’s analysis.

Meanwhile, Karnataka and northern India are enjoying rains and pleasant weather respectively. However, in Maharashtra, temperatures hover around 37-38 degrees Celsius, with Malegaon and Jalgaon reporting even higher temperatures at 40 degrees Celsius. Last March was notably less humid, leading to comparatively cooler temperatures than this year’s unusual heatwave.

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