The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that day temperatures from March to May are likely to remain above normal in north, northeast, parts of east and west India.
The IMD said this in its summer forecast for the country. It, however, clarified that there is a likelihood of below normal temperatures in south and central India.
Gujarat to record above-normal temperature
The IMD forecast provides, “During the upcoming hot weather season (March to May), above normal seasonal maximum (day) temperatures are likely over most of the subdivisions of north, northwest and northeast India, few subdivisions from eastern and western parts of central India and few coastal subdivisions of north peninsular India.”
Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Gujarat, coastal Maharashtra, Goa and coastal Andhra Pradesh are likely to see above-normal maximum temperatures in the coming days.
There, however, is likely to be some relief in parts of South India as per IMD.
“Below normal seasonal maximum temperatures are likely over most of the subdivisions of south peninsula and adjoining central India,” the summer forecast added.
“Below normal season minimum temperatures are likely over most of the subdivisions of the eastern part of central India and few subdivisions of the extreme northern part of the country,” the IMD added.
The forecast also said that La Nina conditions may sustain during the upcoming hot weather season. La Nina has an impact on the weather of the Indian sub-continent.
The second summer forecast for April to June will be released by the IMD in April.
The minimum temperature recorded in India in January was the warmest for the month in 62 years, the IMD had said earlier.
Central India was also the warmest (14.82 degrees Celsius) in the last 38 years after 1982 (14.92 degrees Celsius), while 1958 with 15.06 degrees Celsius was the warmest in the 1901-2021 period
What IMD DG said
From Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, East UP, West UP, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand to Odisha, the temperature is expected to be above normal by more than 0.5 degrees Celsius during March to May, IMD director general Mrutunjay Mohapatra said.
“There is also a 60 per cent probability of above normal temperature over Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi by 0.5 degree Celsius,” he said.
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