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Mocha effect: Pune’s temperature touches 40-degree Celsius mark

The maximum temperature in Pune touched the 40-degree mark for the first time this month, with the city recording 40.1 degree Celsius Wednesday. The temperature in Pune is also expected to rise in the next 72 hours, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

An almost constant spell of summer rains in April kept Pune’s temperature below the 40-degree mark for the most part of the month. The city had seen the mercury touch the 40-degree mark only in the first week of April. Thereafter, the incursion of moisture from the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal resulted in summer rains and lower temperatures.

The emergence of Cyclone Mocha (pronounced Moka) over the southwest Bay of Bengal has stopped the incursion of moisture-laden winds, resulting in a rise in the maximum temperature in Pune. IMD officials said the development was in tune with the general trend in the summer months. Between 1996 and 2020, the maximum temperature in Pune in the month of May has been in the range of 40-42 degree Celsius. Pune registered its highest temperature of 43.3 degree Celsius in May 1889.

The weather department has advised people to avoid going out in the afternoon and to remain hydrated. Although a heatwave advisory has not been issued, proper care against heat has to be taken.

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