Hyderabad: A hotter summer, compared to the one in 2016, appears to be in store this year for the State and the city in particular, with weather experts saying there will be more number of days with heat wave conditions this time around.
According to Y.K. Reddy, Director in-charge, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Hyderabad, temperatures were already expected to be at least 1 degree Celsius more than the normal. Moreover, compared to 2016, which had 27 days with heat wave conditions, this year would have more such days. Two days on the trot, with the temperature going 5 degrees above normal and above 40 degree Celsius, would be considered as a heat wave condition, he said.
“Similar heat wave conditions to 2016 or more are expected this year,” Reddy said, adding that it would certainly be a warmer summer this year.
In fact, the Hot Weather Season (March to May) Outlook for 2017 released by the (IMD) earlier this week has also predicted ‘above normal heat wave’ conditions over the core heat wave zone, of which Telangana is a part.
Pan India phenomenon
The outlook stated that 2016 was the warmest year ever recorded since 1901, and that there was a significantly above normal mean temperature during the 2016 hot weather season (March-May). The prevalence of significantly above normal mean temperatures continued in January 2017, with the temperatures being above normal with anomalies of 0.67 degree C. The above normal temperatures are likely to prevail across the country except northwest India, where temperatures are likely to be more than 1.0º C above normal, it said.
“Above normal heat wave conditions are likely over the core heat wave zone (Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Odisha and Telangana and met subdivisions Marathwada, Vidarbha, Madhya Maharashtra and coastal Andhra Pradesh) of the country,” it stated.
The probability of maximum temperatures in the core zone being above normal was about 47 per cent, it says, adding that this suggests that above normal moderate and severe heat wave conditions are likely in the core zone during the season. The IMD’s extended range forecasts (5-day averaged forecasts for next 15 days) of heat wave conditions over the country will be available on www.imd.gov.in.