Summers of 2014 in India: Kolkata is already at 40°C; Delhi may have below normal rainfall
Summers have started and Kolkata is already in the grip of heat wave where the maximum temperature almost touched the 40°C on Sunday making it the hottest day of March in the last eight years. Looking at such horrible situation in March, people in the other parts of the country are worried about the summers, which are still approaching.
There is a huge surge of temperature in Kolkata
with the city
reeling under temperatures around 40 degrees centigrade. Experts say
this is 5 degrees above normal. What are the reasons for such a heat
Palawat (MP) : Since last few days an anticyclone persists over North
Bay of Bengal. Due to this, dry and hot winds, blowing from southwest
direction across neighboring Jharkhand and Orissa are reaching over
Gangetic West Bengal. These winds are obstructing cooler winds from
northwest direction. Without adequate moisture, the condition is not
favorable for cloud formation. Hence, clear sky combined with hot
winds leads to heat wave over these areas.
: Will there be a respite for the people in Kolkata in the coming
: Yes, there are chances of increase in cloud cover and rain over
Gangetic WB by 3rd April. Till then temperatures will show a downward
trend and there would be relief from scorching heat.
: How are the summer months going to be in the other metro cities in
India? ( Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi)
: As of now models are indicating that April will be relatively
cooler in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata but marginally above
normal in Hyderabad.
would be marginally below normal in Delhi, Hyderabad and Kolkata but
marginally above normal in Mumbai and Chennai.
would be marginally above normal in Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata but
much above normal in Hyderabad and Mumbai.
a nutshell, we can say that April and may will be marginally cooler,
But June will be hot with above normal temperatures.
: How will Delhi summers be? Is Kolkata an indication that Delhi
summers will be overtly hot?
: No, Kolkata is not an indication for Delhi summer. There are
different factors governing climate of any particular area. Climate
of Delhi is entirely different form Kolkata.
: Are you forecasting a drought in Delhi, this year?
: No, we are not forecasting a drought in Delhi this year. But
monsoon rains will be below normal in Delhi. This is a year of
evolving El Nino. More accurate prediction is possible in the mid
April. That time Skymet will come up with its monsoon forecast.