Sizzling and dry March for Delhi, with zero rainfall and above-normal day temperature of three.3°C


Spraying water close to India Gate on a scorching summer time day in Delhi.

(Rajesh Mehta/BCCL Delhi)

Summers are sometimes very harsh for the residents of Delhi, however the summer time of 2022 definitely seems to be one of many hardest. The onset of warmth was evident all through March throughout the nationwide capital, with the mercury stage reaching near 40 levels Celsius within the latter a part of the month.

Other than this, in line with the info of India Meteorological Division (IMD), Delhi had a drought of a month final month. Whereas the typical rainfall throughout March within the nationwide capital is round 16 mm, a totally ‘dry March’ like this yr has occurred solely 12 occasions in recorded historical past. Such a drought was not too long ago repeated in 2018 as nicely.

Not less than three-four Western Disturbances are anticipated over North and Northwest India throughout March. Nevertheless, final month, the area acquired poor rainfall as a result of absence of an energetic, reasonable to robust Western Disturbance. With 0 mm of rain in Delhi for the whole month, the precise rainfall was -100 per cent beneath the lengthy interval common.

Because of lack of rain, the temperature of the town has additionally dropped. Delhi’s base station Safdarjung recorded a median most temperature of 32.9 levels Celsius, which was 3.3 levels Celsius above March’s regular. It was the fourth warmest March by way of day temperature of the month within the final 72 years. The month’s highest most – recorded on March 30 – was 39.2 °C.

Equally, the town’s common minimal temperature was 17.6 °C – 2 levels above regular for March – ensuing within the month’s second-highest imply minimal temperature in 72 years. Thus, each day and night time in March 2022 have been unusually scorching for Delhiites.

Absence of rain and excessive mercury stage additionally worsened the air high quality of the town. Information from the Central Air pollution Management Board confirmed that the general air high quality index remained within the ‘poor’ class for the whole month.

Whereas there was some respite from the scorching warmth on April 1 – when the utmost temperature was recorded at 36.5 levels Celsius – the heatwave is more likely to return subsequent week. Over the weekend, Delhi has recorded a most temperature of round 39 levels Celsius. The mercury is more likely to attain 42 diploma Celsius by the tip of the primary week of April.

Accordingly, the IMD has issued a yellow alert in some components of Delhi, which implies ‘bear in mind’ a couple of potential heatwave. Furthermore, as per the most recent month-long forecast by IMD, the day temperatures throughout Delhi will stay considerably above regular throughout April.

(with inputs from IANS)

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