The Climate In My Hometown.

l live in Pune, a city located to the East of Mumbai the more famous city, in the state of Maharashtra, which is located on the Western part of India. It is situated 560 metres (1,837 feet) above median sea level on the Deccan Plateau.

The climate here was balmy enough for the British to locate their largest Command Headquarters of the then British empire here.  It continues to be Free India’s too.

Pune has a hot semi-arid climate (BSh) bordering with tropical wet and dry (Aw) with average temperatures ranging between 20 to 28 °C (68 to 82 °F).

Pune experiences three seasons: summer, monsoon, and winter.

Typical summer months are from March to May, with maximum temperatures ranging from 30 to 38 °C (86 to 100 °F). The warmest month in Pune is April; although summer doesn’t end until May, the city often receives heavy thundershowers in May (and humidity remains high). Even during the hottest months, the nights are usually cool due to Pune’s high altitude. The highest temperature ever recorded was 42.3 °C (108.1 °F) on 30 April 1897.

The monsoon lasts from June to October, with moderate rainfall and temperatures ranging from 22 to 28 °C (72 to 82 °F). Most of the 722 mm (28.43 in) of annual rainfall in the city falls between June and September, and July is the wettest month of the year. Hailstorms are also common in this region.

Winter begins in November; November in particular is referred to as the Rosy Cold (literal translation) (Marathi: गुलाबी थंडी). The daytime temperature hovers around 28 °C (82 °F) while night temperature is below 10 °C (50 °F) for most of December and January, often dropping to 5 to 6 °C (41 to 43 °F). The lowest temperature ever recorded was 1.7 °C (35 °F) on 17 January 1935.

I was born in what was then Bombay and  have many relatives and friends there. After marriage too, I was posted there on three separate occasions when living was much easier and less stressful than how it is now.

My late wife was from Hyderabad and we always drove to Hyderabad from Mumbai on holidays and had to pass through Pune and always admired the city and its laid back style besides its climate.  We wanted to retire to Pune as a compromise between Bombay and Hyderabad and that is exactly what we did eventually.

I have now lived in Pune for 25 years and would not like to live anywhere else and the single most important reason for it, is its climate.

This topic was also suggested by me, for the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where currently nine of us write on the same topic every Friday.  I hope that you enjoyed my contribution to that effort.  The seven other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order,  AshokgaelikaaLin, Maxi, Padmum, Pravin,  Shackman and The Old Fossil. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, or not at all this week, do give some allowance for that too!

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16 Responses to The Climate In My Hometown.

  1. I agree with you — climate is so important. We’re both lucky that way.
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  2. Pravin says:

    wish I get a chance to live in Pune soon… 🙂

    I am flying to Toronto tonight I dont think I would get time to write weekly blog this time

  3. Big John says:

    I wouldn’t mind living in Pune. If I did, I would like to be known as the ‘pukka sahib of Poona’. After reading your last post, you should be known as the ‘Pontiff of Pune’. … 🙂
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  4. shackman says:

    Climate is one of the reasons I loved living in Hayward. BTW –
    (Marathi: गुलाबी थंडी). that script is gorgeous
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  5. bikehikebabe says:

    I loved reading all about the weather & Pune. Thank you!

  6. tammy j says:

    the city of pearls … and you had the sweetest pearl of all.
    and you from the city of dreams… we always knew of as bombay.
    just the names are so lovely and exotic.
    how beautiful is pune. it would be my choice too.
    i only wish our climate here where i am was half as wonderful!
    as one gets older i think climate becomes especially important to quality of life. i struggle greatly through the summers here.
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    • There are a few exceptionally hot days here in the summer too and the statistics does show the extremes though on average, it is a better picture. I manage those days with air conditioning at home and in the car.

  7. Mother says:

    It sounds like a good choice. I was born in the mid-west (Indiana) and brought to Oregon and settled in Southern Oregon when I was only 2 – 3. I had no choices in that but must have been happy with my lot because although I have moved from Ashland to Medford to Talent, I have stayed within the same 12 miles all of my life. Of course, if you count travel…I have seen much of the world and plan to continue with that until it becomes physically or financially impossible.
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    • From the time I read Parkman’s The Oregon Trail, I had always wanted to see Oregon. A cousin who actually led me to the book is eager too, and Ganesha willing the two of us will one day visit.

  8. Cathy in NZ says:

    well as you know we have been discussing appliances that we can use in New Zealand for heating in winter, but what we use in Summer to combat high humidity in Auckland region goes from “putting up with it – through to cooling off at the beach” with some ceiling fans [also can be used in winter/reverse mechanism] through to portable fans that you plug into electric sockets – the last resort which isn’t only for summer is an iceblock or icecream cone.

    and those in not inSouthern hemisphere, now is now Winter – all over the country…

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