The scorching heat on the starting of summer is already making life uncomfortable. It is because March was third warmest in 121 years in terms of monthly average maximum temperature according to the India Meteorological Department review released on Monday. Several parts of the country had recorded temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius in March.
The IMD, in its review for the month, said the observed monthly average maximum, minimum and mean temperature for the country as a whole during March this year are 32.65 degrees Celsius, 19.95 degrees Celsius and 26.30 degrees Celsius, respectively, as against the normal 31.24 degrees Celsius, 18.87 degrees Celsius and 25.06 degrees Celsius based on the climatology period 1981-2010.
The IMD report also said “Several parts of the country had recorded temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius in March. The heat wave conditions at most places with ‘severe heat wave conditions’ at isolated places occurred over west Rajasthan during March 29-31.”
Heat wave conditions at a few places over east Rajasthan were also reported during March 30-31 over Odisha and adjoining parts of Gangetic west Bengal, coastal Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu on March 31 and The highest maximum temperature of 44.6 degrees Celsius was recorded at Baripada (Odisha) on March 30.
The month also saw higher than normal as a total of seven Western Disturbances moved across the western Himalayan region against the normal of four Western Disturbances. Dust raising Strong Surface Winds (SSW) prevailed during March 30-31 over parts of Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Strong Surface Winds (speed reaching 30-40 kilometres per hour) prevailed over Jharkhand and Gangetic West Bengal.
Not only the March, even the year January and February were also the third and second warmest winter months in 121 years in terms of mean and minimum temperatures respectively.