Maharashtra State is situated north of 14oN and south of 22o N. It is bounded by Arabian Sea on its western side. Located in the north centre of peninsular India, the state of Gujarat lies north of it, while Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh lie on the northern and eastern sides of Maharashtra respectively. 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. There are four meteorological subdivisions, viz. Konkan, Madhya Maharashtra, Marathwada and Vidarbha in the state.


The climate of Maharashtra can be classified under the following main types:                                    
Monsoon Annual rainfall of more than 100 cms is confined to the coastal belt and the adjoining Ghats region covering the districts of Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg and the western hilly parts of Pune, Satara and Kolhapur districts. The coastal region experiences very small annual range of temperature, not exceeding 5oC. The mean daily temperature is above 22oC throughout the year 
Dry Climate: This type covers the semi-arid portions of Jalgaon, Nashik, Aurangabad, Pune, Beed, Satara, Osmanabad and Kolhapur and almost the whole of Dhule, Nandurbar, Ahmednagar, Solapur and Sangli districts. Mean daily temperature is between 18oC and 22oC during winter and above 22oC during remaining months. 
 Tropical Rainy: Parts of Nashik, Jalgaon districts, eastern portions of Aurangabad, Jalna, Beed and Osmanabad, as well as the remaining districts of Marathwada viz. Hingoli, Latur, Parbhani and Nanded and entire Vidarbha have tropical rainy climate. The precipitation is confined to the monsoon season and is above 70 cms. 
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