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Saturday, December 03, 2022

Weather Live Updates: Heatwave to continue till May 2; Above normal temperatures likely in some parts of India

Gs 9 Cool5 Large parts of India have been recording above-normal temperatures since the last week of March. (Express Photo by Gurmeet Singh)

Large parts of India have been recording above-normal temperatures since the last week of March, with meteorologists calling it the lack of an active Western Disturbance with periodic light rain and thundershowers typical for this time of year. attributed to the absence of showers.

The IMD said the scorching heat could pose “moderate” health concerns for vulnerable sections such as infants, elderly and people with chronic diseases. “Therefore people should avoid heat exposure, wear light and light-coloured cotton clothing and cover their head with a hat or umbrella,” it said.

An IMD advisory states that people who are exposed to the sun for a long time or do heavy work are more likely to have symptoms of heat illness.

A heatwave is declared when the maximum temperature exceeds 40 degrees Celsius and is at least 4.5 degrees above normal. According to the IMD, if the departure from normal temperature is more than 6.4 degrees, a severe heatwave is declared.

Based on the absolute recorded temperature, a heatwave is declared when an area registers a maximum temperature of 45 °C. If the maximum temperature crosses 47 degree Celsius then severe heat wave is declared.

Maharashtra and West Rajasthan’s Vidarbha have recorded maximum temperatures in the range of 40°C to 45°C for the last two consecutive months.

According to an analysis by green thinktank Center for Science and Environment, the heatwave that started on March 11 has affected 15 Indian states and union territories (till April 24).

India saw its warmest March this year since the IMD began keeping the record 122 years ago amid a rain deficit of 71 per cent.

(with PTI inputs)

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