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Number of heatwave days likely to be above normal by about 2-8 days: IMD

The trend of warmer weather has already been observed, with April recording 40% more heatwave days than the historical average.

Japan heatNEW DELHI: The Indian Meteorological Department has issued a forecast indicating that India is likely to experience an above-normal number of heatwave days in May, with both maximum and minimum temperatures expected to rise.

The trend of warmer weather has already been observed, with April recording 40% more heatwave days than the historical average.

Normally heat waves prevail over northern plains, central India and adjoining areas of peninsular India for about 3 days in different meteorological stations in May. However, this month, several parts of the country will have an additional 2-8 days of heatwave.

The number of heatwave days is likely to be above normal by about 5-8 days over central India i.e. South Rajasthan, West Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha, Marathwada and Gujarat region.

Additionally, the Northwest, Eastern, and Southern regions, including Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Gangetic West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, northern interior Karnataka, Telangana, and isolated pockets of northern Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, may experience 2-4 days of above-normal temperatures.

Furthermore, most parts of the country are expected to see above-normal maximum temperatures, except for certain regions in the northeast, northwest, central India, and parts of the northeast peninsula.

Similarly, above-normal minimum temperatures are anticipated across the nation, except for specific areas in northwest India, the Indo-Gangetic plains, central India, and much of northeast India.

Earlier in April, the Southern Peninsula was one of the driest regions since 1901. This region experienced only 12.6 mm rainfall in April which is the fifth lowest since 1901.

In addition, the Peninsular region was the second hottest month since 1901, the average mean temperature is 31.39° Celsius which is more than the normal mean temperature of 30.16° Celsius.

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