India sees 536 heatwave days this summer, hottest June for northwest region since 1901: IMD | Latest News India

India experienced 536 days of heat wave this summer, the most in 14 years, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Monday, with the northwest region recording the worst since 1901 last June. The hottest temperature was recorded.

India saw 536 heatwave days this summer, the hottest June for the northwest region since 1901: IMD (AFP/Representative photo)

The country recorded 181 days of heat wave in June, the highest since 177 days in 2010, IMD Director General Murtivanjay Mohapatra said in a virtual press conference.

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“In the summer of 2024, India experienced a total of 536 heat wave days, the highest since 2010 (578 days). In June, it surpassed 2010 (177 days) with 181 heat wave days. experimented,” he added.

Mohapatra said the monthly average maximum temperature in northwest India settled at 38.02 degrees Celsius, 1.96 degrees Celsius above normal. The average minimum temperature was 25.44 degree Celsius which is 1.35 degree Celsius above normal.

Northwest India recorded an average temperature of 31.73 degrees Celsius in June, 1.65 degrees Celsius above normal and the highest since 1901.

Northeast India recorded a 33 percent rainfall deficit in June, which Mohapatra attributed to the slow advance of the monsoon in the northern and eastern parts of the country due to the lack of a weather system.

“Only one low pressure area developed in late June. Normally, we get three low pressure systems. The Madden Julian Oscillation was not favorable and hence, we did not get better convection and low pressure systems. coins,” he said. .

Absence of active Western Disturbances, particularly during the period of 10 June to 19 June, was also a reason for the prolonged dry spell and heat wave over northwest and central India.

Mohapatra said only three western disturbances, as opposed to the usual four to five, were observed across northern India (June 5-10, June 19-25 and June 26-28).

India recorded more than 40,000 suspected cases of heat stroke and more than 100 heat-related deaths in its hottest and longest heat waves ever. As the scorching heat overwhelms water supply systems and power grids, Delhi faces a severe water crisis.

According to the IMD, nearly 40 percent of the country's regions recorded twice the normal heat wave days during April to June. Temperatures crossed 50 degrees Celsius in some parts of Rajasthan, with night temperatures hovering around 35 degrees Celsius at many places.

According to media reports, Delhi, which has recorded temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius for 40 consecutive days since May 13, has seen around 60 heat-related deaths this year.

The IMD had earlier predicted 10 to 20 heat wave days during the summer season as against the normal four to eight days.

In contrast, various parts of East, North and Central India including Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar and 20 to 38 Days were recorded. Gujarat.

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