Less rain in April, May bakes Puneites
Delayed pre-monsoon showers -a result of el nino -is the reason for this summer’s unbearable heat.
On an average, Pune gets 16.6mm rainfall in April and 40.6mm in May, but this year it has received only 21.2mm rainfall from March 1 to May 14, said the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
Unless pre-monsoon showers pick up in the days to come, the wait for the “good-ol’ cool Pune“ will end only after the start of the monsoon.
“May should otherwise be a little easy in terms of heat, but the pre-monsoon sho wers are yet to pick up pace,“ Mahesh Palwat, chief meteorologist at Skymet Weather, said.
April and May have been practically dry with occasional showers, which has kept the temperature largely above normal.
In the last decade, the maximum March temperatures were 39.1°C on March 21, 2012 and 39.6°C on March 30, 2007. This year, the mercury touched 39.1°C on March 26.
“Pre-monsoon showers usually start in April, but this time, they set in only in the second week of May. So the intensity of heat increased,“ Palawat said. “Being an el nino year, no significant weather system developed over the Arabian Sea. So, the weather remained dry over Central Maharashtra, including Pune,“ he said.
Palawat added that the monsoon is expected to arrive in Pune between June 10 and 12, which should give the city some respite from the heat. The city’s average rainfall estimate for June is 116.1mm, which could be achieved this year, experts said.
“Monsoon in June could be near normal. It will pick up pace by July-August as the el nino conditions are expected to become neutral. By September, la nina conditions will prevail, leading to a full monsoon,“ Palawat said.
IMD scientist P C S Rao said, “During March, the temperature was above normal on all days except between March 12 and 17, when it dipped below normal. In April, the temperature remained above normal throughout the month except between April 22 and 24. The maximum was 40.9°C.“
The lack of pre-monsoon showers also increased minimum temperature, experts said. In May, the temperature has been above normal with the maximum temperature touching 41°C.
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