- The IMD said that March was the hottest ever in 122 years.
- This heat was clearly felt with the end of March this year.
- The maximum temperature in most parts of India was 4.5 degrees above normal.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Thursday that March this year has been the hottest ever in 122 years. Prior to 2022, the mean monthly day temperature in India rose to 33.09 °C during March 2010.
This heat was clearly felt with the end of March this year. But what could be the reason for reaching the peak of summer so early this year? The maximum temperature was 4.5 degrees above normal in most parts of Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Punjab and Rajasthan.
What caused the heat wave to peak in March?
March is not expected to be relatively warm compared to previous consecutive years. In the month of March, the mercury is being seen slightly upwards for a long time. When the IMD first issued a yellow alert regarding heatwaves in parts of Madhya Pradesh, it was in mid-March. At that time, IMD Bhopal senior meteorologist PK Saha told PTI that dry westerly winds from neighboring Rajasthan were blowing over the central state.
Over the years, dry periods have lengthened in some cases, while extreme rainfall has become more frequent and warmer climates have become warmer. The maximum temperature in Mumbai in March recorded at IMD Santa Cruz Observatory touched 40 degrees Celsius at 39.4 degrees Celsius.
How will the coming months look like?
According to the Meteorological Department, there is no respite from the heat in the coming months as well. The Met Office said on Thursday that maximum temperatures are likely to remain above normal in April over Northwest and Central India and parts of Northeast.
Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, Director General, India Meteorological Department said that the maximum temperatures are likely to remain below normal over south peninsular India, many parts of the eastern parts of the country and adjoining areas of the northeast.
guidelines for people
On Thursday, the Meteorological Department has advised the common people to avoid going out in the sun on Thursday and has also issued an alert for the Ministry of Labor, Ministry of Power and Fire Department. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an alert for the departments including labor ministry, power ministry and fire departments for severe heat conditions for the next four days.
People have been advised to stay indoors and avoid sunlight as much as possible as people vulnerable to heatwave can have severe to moderate health concerns.
(PTI, ANI Inputs)
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