Above Normal Temperatures Likely in North, North West India: IMD
The temperatures are likely to be below normal in southern peninsula and adjoining central India.
As per the summer forecast of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), for the months of March to May, seasonal maximum temperatures are likely to be above normal in most parts of north, north west and north east India and few parts of east and west India.
However, in southern peninsula and adjoining central India, the temperatures are likely to be below normal.
IMD, along with the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), has been issuing seasonal forecast outlooks for subdivision scale temperatures over the country for both hot and cold weather seasons since 2016, which are based on predictions from the Monsoon Mission Coupled Forecasting System (MMCFS).
There is a probability forecast for above maximum temperatures in most parts of Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Gujarat region and few parts of coastal Konkan, Goa and Coastal Andhra Pradesh.
On the other hand, parts of southern peninsular along with adjoining central India are likely to experience below normal maximum temperatures.
“Most parts of east and adjoining central India along with parts of extreme northern India are likely to experience below normal minimum temperature,” the report said.
As per the IMD forecast, above normal minimum temperatures are likely over most parts of north India along the foothills of Himalayas, northeast India, western part of central India, and southern parts of peninsular India.
The report also added that currently, moderate La Niña conditions are prevailing over the equatorial Pacific and sea surface temperatures (SSTs) are below normal over the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean.
As per the latest MMCFS forecast, La Niña conditions are likely to sustain during the upcoming hot weather season, which is from March to May.
La Nina, a phenomenon that has an impact on the weather of the Indian subcontinent, is associated with the cooling of the Pacific waters.
IMD also said that the second summer forecast for April to June will be released in April.
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