India To See Warmer Summer And More Heatwave Days This Year: IMD

Mumbai: The India Meteorological Department has predicted a warmer summer and more heatwave days in India this year. In March, India is likely to record above-normal rainfall and see above-normal maximum and minimum temperatures in several parts from March to May.

More heatwave days than normal are predicted in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and north interior Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Odisha.

March rainfall across the nation is probably going to be above average (greater than 117% of the long-term average of 29.9 mm).  

According to IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, the majority of India is expected to experience above-normal maximum and minimum temperatures between March and May.

Except for northeast India, the western Himalayan area, the southwest peninsula, and the west coast, most of the country is projected to see an above-normal number of hot days between March and May.  

It warned that many areas of Maharashtra and Odisha, as well as the northeastern peninsula of India (Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and north interior Karnataka), are expected to have more heatwave days than usual.  

According to him, there won’t be any heatwave conditions in northern and central India in March.

There will probably be Lok Sabha elections in April or May.

According to Mohapatra, neutral circumstances are expected to emerge after the summer, when the current El Nino conditions—the cyclical warming of the waters in the central Pacific Ocean—will persist.  

It is anticipated that toward the latter part of the monsoon season, La Nina conditions—which are typically linked to good monsoon rainfall in India—will manifest.

The head of IMD added that February’s average minimum temperature in India was 14.61 degrees Celsius, the second-highest since 1901.  

A total of eight western disturbances — cyclonic storms originating in the Mediterranean region and beyond — affected the weather in western Himalayan states in February.

Of these, six were active western disturbances that led to rain and hailstorms over the plains in north and central India.

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