Both the twin cities of Pune and Nashik lie at the lee side of the Western Ghats with an elevation of about 2000 feet. Generally, they remain far from various systems that affect the north and southern parts of the country.
Both these cities are hot pockets wherein April is the hottest month. However, on account of heat, Pre Monsoon activities are seen over the region in the month of May. The May rain average for Nashik is 24.5 mm, and a few notches higher for Pune at 40.6 mm.
However, the normal variation of rainfall through the years in May has been quite high. While at times, these cities see excess rains, the other times have a no rain show for both these cities.
This time, the weather for both the cities in the month of May has remained dry with rains being nil. If we talk about previous years, Pune saw no rains in May 2013. On the other hand, Nashik saw no rains in the month of May in the years 2011, 2013, and 2018.
Similar weather is expected this time as well as dry Northerlies are sweeping the region which are resulting in hot weather.
Yesterday, Pune saw maximum at 39.8 degrees Celsius which is 4 degrees above normal. The hottest day was on April 28 this year at 43 degrees. In the month of May, Pune has twice breached the 40-degree mark i.e. on May 20 and 21, at 41.3 degrees and 41.1 degrees, respectively.
Nashik remains a shade cooler than Pune due to which on May, 20 the city saw 40.3 degrees and on May 21, maximum settled at 40.1 degrees.
The month of May is expected to remain dry throughout. Normally at the times of likely arrival of Monsoon, some Pre Monsoon activity is seen but since Monsoon will be delayed this time, next few days will see no Pre Monsoon activities.
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