Shivajinagar’s Unusual Weather: Second Lowest Max Temperature in May Since 2013

Shivajinagar, a prominent area in Pune, witnessed an unexpected dip in temperatures, marking the second-lowest maximum temperature in May since 2013. The mercury plummeted to 31.4 degrees Celsius, a staggering 5.8 degrees below the normal level, providing a welcome respite from the sweltering heat that had engulfed the city for weeks.

Impact of Pre-Monsoon Rainfall

The sudden drop in temperature can be attributed to pre-monsoon rainfall, which not only brought relief to Pune but also significantly influenced weather patterns in Central Maharashtra and Vidarbha subdivisions. Most districts in these regions are now experiencing below-normal maximum temperatures, signaling a departure from the typical May heat.

In Shivajinagar specifically, the temperature plummeted from 37.7 degrees to 31.4 degrees within a mere 24 hours. Although this dip in temperature has provided relief, the high moisture content in the air is contributing to humid weather conditions, tempering the comfort brought by the cooler temperatures.

Widely Affected Areas

The impact of this weather anomaly extends beyond Shivajinagar. Various areas in Pune, such as Lohegaon, witnessed a significant temperature drop to 31 degrees Celsius, a deviation of 6 degrees below normal. Other regions like Wadgaonsheri, Koregaon Park, Hadapsar, Magarpatta, and Pashan also experienced lower-than-usual temperatures on the same day.

Meteorological Insights

According to Shilpa Apte, a senior meteorologist at IMD Pune, the presence of a wind discontinuity and a wind trough over Marathwada and Vidarbha regions is fostering moisture incursion, creating conducive conditions for cloud formation over central Maharashtra. This phenomenon is likely to persist, with the forecast indicating continued cloudy skies, light rainfall, and thunder activity until May 15.

Recent Rainfall Events

Recent rainfall events on May 12 further corroborate the changing weather patterns. Magarpatta recorded 5.5 mm of rainfall, while Wadgaonsheri and Koregaon Park received 3 mm each. Lohegaon registered 2 mm of rainfall, whereas no rainfall was recorded in Shivajinagar until 6 pm.

The unusual weather patterns witnessed in Shivajinagar and across Pune underscore the dynamic nature of climate systems and the need for continuous monitoring and adaptation. While the cooler temperatures offer temporary relief, the persistence of humid conditions warrants vigilance. As the city braces for further rainfall and thunder activity, it remains essential to stay informed and prepared to navigate the evolving weather landscape.

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