Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra has replaced Cherrapunji in Meghalaya as the wettest place on Earth, as of August 8, according to data provided by the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
Situated in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, the hill station recorded 6,031.5 mm rainfall as against 5,397.5 mm in Cherrapunji between June 1 and August 8. For the last eight days, Mahabaleshwar has recorded over 200 mm rainfall in 24 hours. Starting 8.30 am on Wednesday, the hill station recorded 267.4 mm rainfall within 24 hours. This is the highest 24-hour rainfall recorded in the area in two years.
After incessant and heavy rainfall over the last weekend, the IMD has forecast light to moderate rain in Mumbai and adjoining cities of Thane and Palghar till the upcoming weekend. The weather bureau has put Raigad on orange alert, with the forecast of heavy to very heavy rain in isolated places.
According to Guinness Book of World Records, Mawsynrum village, 20 km east of Cherrapunji, still holds the title of the wettest place on land.