A cooler April in the south of the peninsula, the heat wave will continue in the center of India
Southern peninsular India can expect a cooler April with intermittent bouts of rain, while central and northwestern India is likely to see little respite from the temperatures high temperatures and heat waves, India’s meteorological department said on Thursday.
The alert comes after a rare March that saw two heat waves in quick succession, the second – still ongoing – being triggered by hot air from southern Pakistan and compounded by the absence of a few episodes rain.
But in April, normal to below normal minimum temperatures are likely over southern peninsular India, eastern parts of central India and extreme south of northeast. Normal to above normal rainfall is also likely over many parts of the southern peninsula, adjacent areas of west-central India and parts of northeastern India.
“There is a high probability (60-75%) of above normal temperatures in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and parts of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh in April. “The temperature will remain below normal in the Indian peninsula. There will also be above normal rainfall in the south,” said Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, Director General of IMD.
Mohapatra said there had been two heat waves in the past month; the first between March 11 and 21, when western and central India had experienced a higher temperature of 5 to 9 degrees, while the second – triggered by a flow of hot air from southern Pakistan and Gujarat – began on March 26 and was continuing. It is expected to subside from northern India in two more days, but would continue in central parts of the country.
The IMD chief hinted that the southwest monsoon forecast was a normal monsoon forecast due to a reasonable possibility that La Nina – cooling the Pacific Ocean instead of helping the Indian monsoon – continues until July.
However, another climatic condition known as the Indian Ocean Dipole – a sea surface temperature swing between Arabia and the Bay of Bengal – is not favorable for a good monsoon at the moment. , but may become favorable towards the end of the monsoon season.
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