The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has rolled out its annual summer forecast and it says that summer months in India – from March to May, will be warmer than normal and several parts of north India, at least a degree hotter than their average summer temperatures.

Get ready for the sun, get ready for the sweat – it is getting hotter this summer in India (if it wasn’t already enough). The India Meteorological Department (IMD) releases annual summer forecasts and this year’s prediction will actually sweat India out. The forecast says, that summer months – from March-May will be “warmer” than normal – especially in some northern parts of India. The temperature in Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan will be particularly higher in these three months. Which means, half of the country will experience a hot spring and a scorching summer as the Met office has predicted an over 1 degree Celsius increase in normal temperature.

However, the maximum rise has been projected in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Average temperatures could be a massive 2.3 degrees higher than usual in the two hill states. Mercury level will stay up by 1 degree for 17 states in the country – from Jammu and Kashmir to Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttarakhand, parts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, Vidharbha in Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Arunachal Pradesh, to name some. It is likely to be more than 0.5 degree Celsius over Kerala, Tamil Nadu, south interior Karnataka and Rayalaseema. Remaining subdivisions are likely to experience maximum temperature anomalies between 0.5 degree Celsius and 1 degree Celsius.

So all in all, it is going to be sweaty and we are not going to like it. But, there is good in everything and the hotter days are seen as a positive sign for a normal monsoon this year. The IMD has noted that La Nina conditions over equatorial Pacific conditions are likely to be moderate till spring season and are likely to start weakening thereafter. La Nina conditions mean a cooling of the sea surface temperature of the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean. Though the IMD didn’t assure how the monsoon would be, these conditions bear some good news after a hotter than normal summer last year.

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