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Pune gets record rainfall for January in 73 years

Pune on Friday outperformed the city’s unequaled January rainfall record of 73 years. With 32.5 mm, Pune city (Shivajinagar) broke the record-breaking precipitation (24 hours) record during the current month. Till now, the city’s wettest January day was January 23, 1948 (22.3mm).

The city’s most noteworthy January rainfall in 52 years (1969 – 2019) was 14.7mm recorded in 1997, as indicated by India Meteorological Department (IMD) precipitation information.

Since the start of the year, portions of western Maharashtra, including Pune, had encountered steamy and cloudy climate conditions, which are bizarre for the progressing winter season.

Likewise, Friday stayed overwhelmed by shady skies which later offered approach to direct rains. Inside three hours in the early evening, the Lohegaon station recorded 25 mm, while Shivajinagar station got 32.5 mm downpour (8.30 am to 8.30 pm).

The shady climate is overwhelmingly because of dynamic easterly breezes prompting an upsurge in the dampness content over the area, bringing about rainstorm and rainfall over western Maharashtra, all the more along these lines, over Pune, Nashik and Satara regions.

“There is a trough located off Gujarat coast and north Karnataka. Due to the moisture in the atmosphere and the easterlies, there will be rainfall of light to moderate intensity till Sunday,” said Anupam Kashyapi, head of weather forecasting division, at IMD, Pune.

Mahabaleshwar, as well, recorded moderate precipitation during the day and till 5.30pm on Friday, the slope station had gotten 27mm downpour.

Winter chill is required to re-visitation of the state just one week from now once the current climate framework moves away, IMD authorities said.

In the coming days, climate is destined to improve. “The rainfall will reduce substantially from January 10. Once again, clear sky conditions would return and there are chances of cold conditions returning thereafter,” Kashyapi said.

The IMD’s Extended Range Predictions, given on January 7, recommends that Maharashtra’s base temperatures would show a descending pattern from January 14.

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