Just when you thought that 2016 was one of the warmest year of the century as recorded by the IMD, guess what this year is gonna be worse.
Just when you thought that 2016 was one of the warmest year of the century as recorded by the IMD, guess what this year is gonna be worse. According to latest weather readings recorded by India Meteorological Department (IMD), the temperature of Mumbai has already hit 38.4 °C and the coming summers will be hotter than the usual. According to an Indian express report, recent study conducted for the Heat Index shows places like Mumbai in the ‘very hot’ category. Official data shows that normal temperatures have risen by 6 °C and the fifference between maximum and minimum temperatures is already 20 °C. V K Rajeev who is the director of the western region of IMD said, “Mumbai is experiencing a heat wave. The late setting in of sea breezes that bring in some coolness has been attributed to the higher temperatures. The easterly winds are strong and their components are countering the sea breeze to keep the temperatures high.” February 19 was the first day when the city recorded a maximum of 38.8°C.
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Not just Mumbai, the temperature of Surat is currently the highest in India, other places where temperatures over 38 °C was recorded includes Kurnool, Amreli, Ratnagiri and Mahuva. Another official startement of IMD stated, “Above normal temperatures up to one degree Celsius are likely to prevail over all meteorological sub-divisions of the country, except the northwest India where temperatures are likely to be more than 1 degree Celsius above normal.” The department also said that summers in 2017 till June will be hotter than the usual. Plains near the Himalayas and the regions of Northwest India will face a warmer temperature with temperature likely to be more than 1°C above normal.
Heat waves will affect most parts of northwest and central India including Punjab, Haryana, eastern Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Odisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand even the southern Peninsula. So get preped up and keep you sunscream lotion handy, the next few months are not going to be easy.