Rain and Thunderstorms may keep most of the States cool in April: IMD.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that normal or below normal temperatures prevailed in major parts of India throughout the month of April due to widespread rains and thunderstorms.
However, warm conditions prevailed throughout the eastern, northeastern regions of India and Gujarat last month due to a lack of activity before the monsoon.
Although IMD officially declares the beginning of summer in India in March, daytime temperatures begin to rise and peak in many areas of the southern peninsula and central India in the second half of April. Heatwaves are common in central heatwave areas, with maximum temperatures of up to 45 degrees Celsius, especially in Vidarbha, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Bihar, and Rajasthan.
Last month, however, it recorded only two negligible heat waves earlier this week, that too in the hotbeds of Kutch, Saurashtra, Odisha, and South Gangetic West Bengal, which lasted no more than two days.
The consecutive flow of western disturbances throughout the extreme northern areas of the country together with the sustained presence of a north-south trough, which runs between Bihar and southern Tamil Nadu through central India, is attributed to maintaining temperature under control. . In April, there were four riots in the west, of which one caused widespread rain and snow in the northern mountain states in April. Moisture moved from the Arabian Sea to land, causing widespread cloudiness and rain over Kerala, Karnataka, and Maharashtra.
“The North-South trough has benefited by maintaining maximum temperatures around 40 to 41 degrees Celsius. Typically, in central India, the maximum temperatures around this time of April range from 44 to 45 degrees Celsius, ”said a senior IMD Met official.
States such as Goa (176%), Maharashtra (38%), Kerala (32%), Karnataka (25%), Madhya Pradesh (-14%), and Chhattisgarh (-5%) recorded normal or excess rainfall levels during March and April. Rainfall over the country remained 32% below normal during the March-April period.
“Widespread thunderstorms and hail were mainly recorded in the central regions of India, which are otherwise affected by the heatwave,” the Met official added.