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Climate of Maharashtra

Maharashtra has typical monsoon climate, with hot, rainy and cold weather seasons. Tropical
conditions prevail all over the state, and even the hill stations are not that cold. Dew, frost,
hail can also be happened sometimes according to the seasonal weather.
Summer: March, April and May are the hottest months. During April and May
thunderstorms are common all over the state. Temperature varies between 22C-39C during
this season.
Rainy: Rainfall starts normally in the first week of June. July is the wettest month in
Maharashtra, while August too gets substantial rain. Monsoon starts its retreat with the
coming of September from the state.
Winter: Cool dry spell, with clear skies gentle breeze and pleasant weather prevails from
November to February. But the eastern part of Maharashtra sometimes receives some rainfall.
Temperature varies between 12C-34C during this season.
Rainfall: Rainfall in Maharashtra differs from region to region. Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri and
Sindhudurg districts, receive heavy rains of an average of 200 centimeters annually. But the
districts of Nasik, Pune, Ahmednagar, Dhule, Jalgaon, Satara, Sangli, Solapur and parts of
Kolhapur get rainfall less than 50 centimeters. Rainfall particularly concentrates to the
Konkan and Sahyadrian Maharashtra. Central Maharashtra receives less rainfall. However,
under the influence of the Bay of Bengal, eastern Vidarbha receives good rainfall in July,
August and September.
Weather In Maharashtra
The climate of Maharashtra is tropical monsoons as it receives a heavy rainfall during the
monsoon season with the summers being hot and winters being chilly. The summer season
starts in March or April and continues till June when the monsoon showers are enjoyed by the
people. During May, the summers are really hot as well as unbearable. Thunderstorms are
quite common in Maharashtra and change the climate to a great extent. The first week of June
brings monsoon in the state making the climate pleasant and ideal for the tourists. Showers of
rain can be enjoyed in July and August experiencing lots of rain. By the end of September,
the monsoon seasons goes and the winters are about to start. October is the start of the winter
which continues till February and December being the coldest month. So the overall climate
during the winters is cool with a breeze blowing during the evenings.
The summer season especially the month of March is just intolerable for the people.
Sometimes the heavy rains also disturb the life of the people as it becomes difficult to reach
the workplaces and other important destinations. On an average, Maharashtra receives
rainfall from June to September with the Konkan and Sahydria regions being more affected
by it. The Central Maharashtra enjoys rainfall from June to early October with September
experiencing heavy rainfall. Even the Vidarbha region experiences a lot of rainfall in July,

August and September with people really enjoying a lot. In short, you can say that various
regions enjoy different amount of rainfall depending on the zone in which they lie. But
monsoon is always unpredictable and it is difficult to say anything about it. The rainwater in
Maharashtra is not properly utilized and this is the reason that during the summer season,
many areas face the problem of inadequate supply of water.
Summers
The summer season in Maharashtra begins from March and end around May. After May, the
showers of rain can be enjoyed thus lowering the high temperatures. During the summers, the
average temperature is somewhat around 22 deg C to 40 deg C which makes it difficult to
move out of your homes. Therefore summer is not the ideal time to travel Maharashtra with
the temperatures being very high thus making the climate hot and humid.
Monsoon
As compared to the northern India, Maharashtra receives the rainfall and very early and this
is the reason that summers last here only for a short duration. The mid June is the time when
the monsoon season first comes in and it continues till September and even October in some
of the regions. The amount of rainfall varies from region to region but July and August are
the two months when heavy rainfall is experienced in the different regions. Monsoons not
only bring relief but change the atmosphere as well.
Winters
The winter season is Maharashtra begins from October with the climate becoming cool and
pleasant. As the winter season proceeds, the coming months of November and December
become slightly chilly. So the winters start from October and continue till February. The
average temperature during the winters can range from 12 deg C to 25 deg C. Thus you can
say that the winter season is quite ideal for visiting Maharashtra.
Rainfall
The rainy season in Maharashtra brings a pleasant atmosphere that the tourists enjoy. Some of
the regions like Vidarbha, Konkan and Sahydria enjoy heavy rainfall. Central Maharashtra as
well as regions including Thane, Ratnagiri, Raigad and Sindhudurg experience average
rainfall of about 200 cm. There are some areas that experience scanty rainfall of 50 cm
including Pune, Sangli, Jalgoan, Kolhapur, Solapur, Satara and many more.
Maharashtra Weather
Climate: Tropical Monsoon
Annual Rainfall

Konkan Coast: 3005 mm


Madhya Maharashtra : 901mm
Marathwada : 882 mm
Vidarbha: 1,034mm
Maharashtra has a tropical monsoon climate with summer, winter, monsoon and spring
seasons. Though the climate is tropical, the areas in the higher altitude do not experience
extremely cold weather. Moreover, the state also consists of two major relief categories. The
plateau is a part of the Deccan tableland and the Konkan coastal strip borders the Arabian
Sea. The location of the state is of great strategic importance with the port of Mumbai lies in
the north central portion of Peninsular India.
Summer
Summer in Maharashtra starts in the month of March and ends in May with the temperatures
being the highest. The months of March, April and May are regarded as the hottest months.
These months also witnesses thunderstorms all over the state which is a relief from the
scorching heat. During this time, the temperature varies between 22C-39C. Cities like Pune
though is not characterized by extreme heat witness unbearable humidity during the daytime
making the temperatures reach above 40C. Coastal areas like Mumbai experience high level
of humidity making the precipitation rate of 242. 2 cm annually. While Amravati region in
Maharashtra experience hot and dry summers and mild and cool winters, Nagpur experience
hot summers with the temperature rising up to 49C and cool winters going down to 10C.
The South western parts of Maharashtra like Kolhapur and Sindhudurg, summer is less hot
though it is more humid.
Monsoon
In Maharashtra, monsoon starts in the first week of June with July being the wettest month.
While August also gets rain, September witnesses the retreat of monsoon. The maximum
amount of rain is received by Sahyadrian, Konkan and Eastern Vidarbha region while the
central region of the state receives less rainfall. In states such as Thane, Ratnagiri, Raigad and
Sindhudurg is around 3000 mm while in other cities such as Nasik, Pune, Ahmednagar,
Dhule, Satara, Sangli, Jalgaon, Solapur and parts of Kolhapur receive 500 to 700 mm. While
Nagpur region witness heavy rainfall, Amravati region also heavy rainfall for three to four
months from the south Westerly monsoons. Mumbai also receive heavy monsoon of 2,200
mm, often resulting in floods. Even south western areas like Kolhapur receive great rainfall,
sometimes resulting in floods.
Post Monsoon
In cities like Mumbai and Pune in Maharashtra, a post - monsoon season exists from the
month of October to December. During this time, the temperature varies between 23.1C 32.9C. It is hot during the day time and cold during the night with humidity being very low.
Winter
Winter in Maharashtra starts in the month of November and it persists till February. During
this time, the state witness clear skies, pleasing weather and gentle breeze. The average
temperature during this time is between 12C-25C. However, the eastern region of
Maharashtra receives slight rainfall with the temperature varying between 12C-34C. The
winter in North Western regions and hill stations in Nasik is cold and dry. The temperature
varies from 4C - 28C. In cities including Mumbai, cold Northern winds provide a chilling
effect during the winter with the day temperature of 27C and the night temperature of 15C.
In the month of January, the climate becomes foggy. While cities like Pune experience

extreme cold, areas like Nagpur too experience chilling cold with the temperature going
down to 12C. However, south western regions like Kolhapur experience pleasant winter
compared to Pune and Nasik.
Spring
Though not in the real sense of the term, the duration between the middle of January to
March are regarded as the spring in Pune and in the nearby hill stations like Lonawala and
Khandala. During this time, the area witness pleasing weather and bright and warm sunrays.
The temperature and the climate is moderate with a slight but negligible humidity.