INDIA: The absence of snowfall and rainfall in north India in January and the middle of February has led the India Meteorological Department (IMD) to expect early summers in a number of states this year.
The following five days are expected to have maximum temperatures that are 3-5 degrees above average throughout northwest, central, and west India, according to the weather service.
The nation has already started to record high temperatures, which are typically recorded in the first week of March.
According to the IMD’s forecast, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Delhi are among the states and union territories that the extreme heat will severely impact.
The meteorological agency estimates that the rise over sections of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand might be 5 to 11 degrees above average.
Most cities yesterday saw maximum temperatures that were above average in the northern, middle, and western regions.
The highest temperature was 31.4 degrees Celsius (+7 degrees) in Delhi, Gurugram was at 29.9 degrees (+5), Churu was at 34 degrees (+6), Shimla was at 20 degrees (+8), Agra was at 33.5 degrees (+6), Chandigarh was at 29.5 degrees (+5), and Mussourie was at 19.8 degrees (+6).
The absence of significant western disturbances was the main cause of the early heat in Delhi and other northwest Indian regions, according to
Kuldeep Srivastava, chief of the regional forecasting center for the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
The crop is reaching the reproductive development period, which is temperature-sensitive. Thus, greater daytime temperatures could have a negative impact on wheat, according to the weather forecasting office.
If a crop appears to be under stress, the IMD advises farmers to use mild irrigation.
“Add mulch material in the space between two rows of vegetable crops to save soil moisture and maintain soil temperature,” it advised lessening the effects of higher temperatures.
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