Pune: Pune this year witnessed a comparatively cooler summer with maximum temperature touching 40.7 degrees Celsius. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) reported that in past five years the highest temperature in the summer season, March to May, has been 41.1 degrees Celsius in Pune in 2016 and 2017. However, across the State, the frequency of heatwaves has been more this year.
Speaking about a cooler summer comparatively this year, officials at the IMD confirmed that the temperature in the city was not very high in the month of March, April and May as it is expected for the summer season.
While mentioning the reason of a cooler summer, Mahesh Palawat, Vice President, Meteorology And Climate Change with Skymet, a private weather forecaster, told Sakal Times that there is a marginal drop in the highest maximum temperature for the season.
“The temperature in the city and adjoining parts of the city is regulated by the wind flow from Rajasthan and west Madhya Pradesh which are hotter in nature. These winds, the westerlies are responsible for the hotter summers. However, this time, the winds from the Arabian sea which are cooler in nature were more dominant,” said Palawat.
He added that the south-western winds that flow from the Arabian sea have made the days comparatively less warm.
“These winds are cooler in nature as they come from the sea. Hence, the overall temperature for the season did not touch the expected high,” said Palawat.
More heatwaves in this season
According to the updates facilitated by IMD, since April this year, Vidarbha and parts of Marathwada in Maharashtra were noted to have the heatwave like conditions. The highest temperature in the plains was reported to be at 47 degrees Celsius at Chandrapur in Vidarbha.
Talking about the increased frequency of heatwaves in the State, Palawat said that the winds coming from the Balochistan are responsible for the heatwaves.
“As we see in previous years, western disturbances in the adjoining areas reduces the heat that these winds bring. However, this year these disturbances in the areas did not obstruct the warmer winds hence resulting in the frequent heatwave-like situation in the State,” said Palawat.
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