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Mawsynram gets record 1003.6 mm rain on a June day

New Delhi: As incessant rains contined to pound the northeast, Meghalaya's Mawsynram, the wettest place in India, gauged an enormous 1003.6 mm of precipitation in 24 hours ending 8:30 am on Friday, the highest ever on a day in June, while neighbouring Cherrapunji received 972 mm of rainfall, the IMD said.
The rainfall in Cherrapunji, also one of the wettest places in the world and at an aerial distance of 10 mm from Mawsynram, was the highest in June since 1995 and the third highest in 122 years.
Mawsynram had gauged 710.6 mm of rainfall in 24 hours ending 8:30 am Wednesday.
Before Friday's record rainfall, it had received 944.7 mm of precipitation on June 7, 1966, India Meteorological Department data showed.
"Mawsynram is at present the wettest place in India, with an average annual rainfall of 11802.4 mm (average of the 1974-2022 period). Cherrapunji receives 11359.4 mm of rainfall in a year (average of the 1971-2020 period)," Sunit Das, Scientist at IMD's regional center in Guwahati, said.
One of the wettest places in the world, Cherrapunji has recorded more than 800 mm of precipitation on a June day on nine occasions since the IMD started keeping records in 1901.
Till Friday, Cherrapunji has received a total of 4081.3 mm of rainfall this month.
In 24 hours ending 8:30 am on Wednesday, the town nestled in the East Khasi Hills gauged a copious 811.2 mm of rainfall.
On June 16, 1995, it received 930 mm of precipitation. 
The hill station reported 973.8 mm of precipitation on June 5, 1956. 
"It doesn't always rain like this. 50-60 cm is normal once or twice every year. But 80 cm and above is certainly not usual," Das said.

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