This Is India’s Hottest April In 122 Years And It’s Here To Stay
Northwestern and central India experienced their hottest April in 122 years, the weather office said on Saturday, with average maximum temperatures reaching 35.9 and 37.78 degrees Celsius, respectively.
Speaking at a press conference, India’s Meteorological Department Director-General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said the north-west and west-central regions of the country – Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana – will also continue to experience high temperatures. than usual in May.
The nights will be warmer in May in most parts of the country, with the exception of some parts of the southern Indian peninsula, Mr Mohapatra said.
The average temperature observed across India in April was 35.05 degrees, the fourth highest in 122 years, he said.
“Average rainfall in May 2022 across the country is likely to be higher than normal,” Mr. Mohapatra said.
However, the northwestern and northeastern regions of India as well as the extreme southeastern peninsula are expected to have below-normal rainfall in May, he said.
“The high temperatures in March and April are due to ‘constantly low rainfall’,” he said.
In March, north-west India recorded a rainfall deficit of about 89%, while the deficit was close to 83% in April, mainly due to weak disturbances and dryness in the west, said Mr. speak.
North India has seen six western disturbances, he said, but they were mostly weak and moving through the higher parts of the Himalayas.
India, especially the northwestern and western parts of the country, has been reeling from intense heatwave conditions over the past few weeks.