North India to experience intense hot this summer: IMD
New Delhi, April 02: Be prepared for scorching summer this year. In its countrywide hot weather outlook for April, May and June, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the average mean temperature would remain more than a degree above normal, said media reports.
While north India is likely to see the highest temperature deviations, IMD’s outlook says the average seasonal temperatures over most subdivisions of the country can be above normal. The regions with slightly lower-than-normal projected temperatures are eastern, east-central and southern parts of the country, the outlook stated, according to media reports.
“North India is expected to be mainly dry with clear skies and anti-cyclonic winds that raise temperatures. The change in the weather condition seems to be linked with global warming signals,” said D Sivananda Pai, head of IMD’s long-range forecasting division.
“Maximum temperatures in south and east India could be close to normal, indicating cloudy and good pre-monsoon showers in these regions,” Pai said, according to media reports.
The IMD said there was a probability of 38% of above normal heat wave conditions.
The Heat Wave zone covers states of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, UP, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Orissa and Telangana, as well as meteorological subdivisions of Marathawada, Vidarbha, Madhya Maharashtra and coastal Andhra Pradesh.
Night temperatures too are projected to be higher than one degree above normal in the northern states of Punjab, Haryana (including Delhi and Chandigarh, west Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.