PUNE: After witnessing untimely rainfall activity in first two weeks of March, the Pune city finally got the hint of arrival of summer season on Sunday with increase in the maximum temperature along with humidity was witnessed in most part of the day. India Meteorological Department (IMD) has also predicted that the temperature is likely to increase in coming days.
Officials of IMD also stated that the untimely rain and hailstorm in early March has caused delay in land heating process. The monsoon activity depends on land heating process. When Medha Khole, deputy director general (weather forecasting) of IMD was asked whether the delay in land heating will cause delay in arrival of monsoon she said, " It will be too early to comment on monsoon activity, but one thing is for sure that the land heating process has been delayed. The land heating helps moisture to go up which forms cloud and rainfall takes place during monsoon season. The land heating process generally begins from start of March, but this year due to the ongoing rain and hailstorm, the land is still wet and it will take time to start the process of land heating."
Meanwhile, the Sunday proved to be day of sweat and scorching heat as the temperature of the city had gone up. IMD officials said, " Till the time climate was cloudy, the temperature was steady, however now the rainfall activity has been reduced and sky has been clearer due to which intensity of the heat has increased. On Sunday, maximum temperature was 35.6 degree Celsius. The minimum temperature has also increased and on Sunday city recorded minimum temperature as 17.8 degree Celsius which was more than two degree more than the average minimum temperature."
Apart from Pune, other parts of state including Konkan, central Maharashtra and Marathwada is also witnessing rise in the temperature. On Sunday, Bhira recorded maximum temperature where mercury has gone up to 41 degree Celsius.
Predicting the climate, IMD officials said that maximum temperature will further increase and temperature will be around 37 degree Celsius.