Delhiites woke up to a slightly breezy morning on Thursday as the weather took a turn from the hot conditions that have been prevailing in the city for the past few days. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted cloudy skies and occasional showers over the next few days, which will keep the maximum temperature in check in Delhi and neighboring areas.
According to the IMD, light rain is possible in Delhi over the next five to six days as a western disturbance is active over the Himalayan region and is likely to cause light rain in northwest India. The maximum temperature will hover around 30 degrees Celsius, an official at the India Meteorological Department told PTI.
IMD Warns of Hotter-Than-Normal Summer in 2023
While the cooler temperatures and occasional showers may provide some relief to Delhiites, the IMD has warned of a hotter-than-normal summer in 2023. During a high-level meeting chaired by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Tuesday, the agency predicted that temperatures are likely to reach 2-3 degree Celsius above normal in some parts of Indo-Gangetic plains and eastern India during the last week of March.
According to the IMD, above-normal maximum temperatures are likely over most parts of northeast, east, and central India, as well as some parts of northwest India. The agency also informed the meeting that minimum temperatures are more likely to be above normal over most parts of the country except south peninsular India, where normal to below normal temperatures are likely.
Preparing for the Associated Challenges
Given the IMD’s forecast of a hotter-than-normal summer, the cabinet secretary noted that states and union territories need to be adequately prepared to meet the associated challenges, according to an official release. India has faced increasing temperatures and heatwaves in recent years, which have led to water scarcity, power outages, and increased health risks, particularly for vulnerable populations.
As Delhiites enjoy the cooler temperatures and occasional showers over the next few days, it is important to keep in mind the IMD’s warning and take necessary precautions for the upcoming summer season.
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