The report also quoted IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra as saying that the states and UTs of Delhi, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh as well as Haryana would have to, in particular, ready themselves for hotter days, warmer nights as well as heat waves between March and May 2021.
Not just that but Himachal Pradesh, Kutch, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Saurashtra, Gujarat, Assam, Nagaland, East Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Mizoram, Manipur, and Bihar would witness a hotter season. A hotter season is also likely to be prevalent in coastal Andhra Pradesh and Konkan sub-divisions, the department said.
Meanwhile, Telangana, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and some sub-divisions of Maharashtra could witness maximum temperatures ranging about 0.5 degrees below normal.
Night or minimum temperatures, on the other hand, in areas in Central India, foothills of Himalayas, Jammu and Kashmir, Sikkim as well as Karnataka are expected to remain around normal.
Central and equatorial Pacific Ocean is also witnessing moderate intensity La Nina conditions at present, the department said, adding that these conditions are expected to sustain till May during the hot weather. La Nina refers to an abnormal cooling of the sea surface temperatures, which can influence the monsoon as well as the global temperatures.