Cherrapunjee (also known as Sohra), regarded as one of the wettest places on the earth – nestled in the abode of clouds in Meghalaya is getter hotter with the mercury at over 28 degrees Celsius.
Residents of the hilltop in northeastern India, which is also famous for the centuries-old bridges, grown from tangled roots say their heavenly abode is hotter and drier than ever before – due to global warming.
An official from India Metrological Department said the mercury in Cherranpunjee was at 28.3 degree Celsius on June 12, against the average temperature in the month of June is 23 degrees Celsius.
[blockquote]”Sohra has been burning hot for months. In the past, we used umbrellas only to shield ourselves from the rains, but these days you will find everyone in this town carrying an umbrella to protect them from the scorching sun,” Merilang Syiem, a resident, told IANS.[/blockquote]
Cherrapunjee is on the edge of a plateau on the southern slopes in the East Khasi Hills district. Located 1,290 metres above sea level and 56 km from state capital Shillong, it is known to receive the highest rainfall in the world.
It holds two Guinness world records for receiving the maximum amount of rainfall in a single year: 22,987 mm of rainfall between August 1860 and July 1861 and for receiving the maximum amount of rainfall in a single month: 9,300 mm in July 1861. The highest recorded total annual rainfall was 24,555 mm in 1974.