Unprecedented heat wave: India records hottest April ever

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India Meteorological Department Director General Dr M Mohapatra has said that temperatures may pass the 50 degree-mark and that May is usually the ‘hottest month’, going by the trends.

“The average maximum temperature over northwest and central India in April is the highest with 35.90 degrees Celsius and 37.78 degrees Celsius respectively in more than 120 years,” the top IMD scientist said.

This week, several states in the country have suffered power crisis amid coal shortage due to increased electricity consumption.

He said that normal to above normal rainfall is likely over most parts of India except some parts of northwest and northeast India as well as extreme southeast peninsula where it is likely to be below normal.

“Above normal maximum temperatures are likely over most parts of west central and northwest India, and northern parts of northeast India. Normal to below normal maximum temperatures are likely over the remaining parts of the country,” the top IMD scientist said.

He said that in Maharashtra’s Vidarbha, the heatwave conditions are likely to continue for the next five days.

He said that in Punjab, Delhi, western Uttar Pradesh, eastern Rajasthan and northern parts of Telangana, the heatwave spell is likely for another three days.

He said that the national capital has recorded the second hottest April in 72 years.

“While one part of the country is experiencing the mercury surge, isolated heavy rainfall is expected in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya and several other parts of the northeast till May 3. Maximum temperatures on Thursday “were 43-46°C over most parts of Rajasthan, Vidarbha, Madhya Pradesh and East Uttar Pradesh; in many parts over Gujarat, interior Odisha; in some parts of central Maharashtra and in isolated pockets of Bihar, Jharkhand, interior Gangetic West Bengal and 40- 43°C over most parts of Haryana-Delhi, Punjab and in isolated pockets of West Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Marathwada, Telangana and Rayalaseema,” he said.

He said that UN agency WMO has also expressed concern over the heatwave conditions in the country.

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