It’s just March and the temperatures are soaring! Ever wondered that what will happen in June, July this year? The national Capital today witnessed the hottest morning of the season in the past five years at 23.7 degrees Celsius. “At 23.7 degrees Celsius, six notches above the season’s average, it is the highest minimum temperature recorded in this season in the past five years,” a MeT department official said. This season has witnessed unusually hot mornings with minimum temperatures crossing the 20-degree mark over the last week. So, why is it so hot in March? “A large high-pressure area over the central and north-west region is producing the extreme heat conditions. This is not conducive to cloud formation and it exposes the earth’s surface to unrelenting solar radiation,” DS Pai, a scientist at the India Meteorological Department told Hindustan Times.
The IMD has also warned that the heatwave is “very likely” to continue in western Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Marathwada, Vidarbha and parts of Rajasthan this week. According to the weather forecaster, the heat wave is very likely to continue at many places over Rajasthan and West Madhya Pradesh; at a few places over East Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat region and Saurashtra & Kutch during next 23 days. The Met Department and the National Disaster Management Authority have directed states to take measures to prevent heat-related deaths – the toll stood around 700 in 2016. The IMD said it will release information on the heatwave every Thursday in the April-June period and ensure “last mile connectivity” to disseminate the information to all, PTI reported.
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Meanwhile, village Bhira in Raigadh district of Maharashtra recorded an unusually high 46.5 degrees Celsius as several parts of the country reeled under sweltering heat today. Akola, also in Maharashtra, recorded 44.1 degree Celsius, Barmer in Rajasthan recorded a high of 43.4 degrees Celsius while Narnaul in Haryana sizzled at 42 degrees Celsius, nine degrees above normal. Ludhiana in Punjab recorded seven degrees above normal 36.7 degrees. In Uttar Pradesh, the maximum temperature crossed 40 degree Celsius in Varanasi, Allahabad, Hamirpur and Agra. The onset of Heat wave conditions very likely to prevail at many places over West Madhya Pradesh, few places over East Madhya Pradesh and at isolated places over Chhattisgarh.