Just when April was getting used to the heat, did we ever think March will be so hot, unlike others? Well, it was! According to the IMD (India Meteorological Department), this March was the hottest in 122 years. The all-time average max temperature surpassed the record of March 2010.
According to IMD officials, the lack of rain in March in north India has led to such intense heat. Normally, Delhi would receive 15.9 mm of rainfall in March on average. Meanwhile, the IMD warned of heatwave conditions in north India in April.
A heatwave alert is declared by the IMD from the normal temperature is 4.5 to 6.4 degrees when the maximum reaches at least 40 degrees in the plains and 37 in the coastal areas.
The wet-bulb temperatures of India barely reached 31 degrees but now the scenario has changed. Lucknow and Patna are among the cities predicted to reach wet-bulb temperatures of 35 degrees if emissions continue to rise, while Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Mumbai, Indore and Ahmedabad are all identified as at risk of reaching wet-bulb temperatures of 32-34 degrees with continued emissions.
Overall, Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab will be the most severely affected, but if the intensity of the heat continues, it is no surprise that all Indian states will see a rise in mercury over 30 degrees or more.
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