New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Amid the intense heatwave prevailing over several parts of the country, India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday informed that the average maximum temperature recorded in April across Northwest and Central parts of India is the highest in the last 122 years. Many states and UTs including Delhi, Noida, Gurugram and Hisar among others are reeling under an intense heatwave with temperatures soaring above 45 degrees Celsius.

According to Dr M Mohapatra, Director General of Meteorology, IMD, the average maximum temperature in the Northwest and Central parts of India was recorded at 35.90 degrees Celsius and 37.78 degrees Celsius respectively in April 2022. He said that this is the highest average maximum temperature recorded, during this period of the year, in the last 122 years.

"The average maximum temperature over Northwest and Central India in April 2022 is the highest with 35.90 degrees Celsius and 37.78 degrees Celsius respectively in the last 122 years", Dr Mohapatra said.

Dr Mohapatra further said that northwest and west-central parts of the country - Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana - will continue to experience above-normal temperatures in May as well. Nights would be warmer in May in most parts of the country, except in some regions of south peninsular India, Mohapatra said.

The average temperature observed pan-India for April was 35.05 degrees, which was the fourth-highest in 122 years, he said. "The average rainfall in May 2022 over the country is most likely to be above normal," Mohapatra said. However, parts of northwest and northeast India as well as the extreme southeast Peninsula are expected to get below normal rainfall in May, he said.

The high temperatures in March and April were attributed to "continuously scanty rainfall activity", he said. In March, northwest India recorded a deficit in rainfall of around 89 per cent, while the deficit was nearly 83 per cent in April, mainly on account of feeble and dry western disturbances, he said.

North India witnessed six western disturbances but they were mostly feeble and moved across the higher parts of the Himalayas, he said, adding the last three western disturbances caused strong winds in parts of Delhi and duststorms over Rajasthan in April. India, particularly the northwest and western parts of the country, has been reeling under intense heatwave conditions for the past few weeks.


(With Agency Inputs)

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan