Weather anomaly delays summer in India amid rainstorms

New Delhi, May 1 (EFE).- Unusual rainstorms and low temperatures have delayed the arrival of summer in India, a year after the country registered one of the warmest Aprils on record with the maximum temperature hovering around 40 degrees Celsius at times.

This year, the average maximum temperature of 35.3 degrees during the month in New Delhi, more than a degree below the average for April – according to data provided by the India Meteorological Department – shows a completely different trend.

In 2022, the Indian capital witnessed its warmest April in the 122 years that records have been kept for, as part of the beginning of an extensive heatwave that affected large parts of the country for months.

With maximum temperatures crossing 45 degrees several times, “2022 was an exceptional case. (There was) hardly any rain from February to May that’s why we had very high heatwave,” IMD scientist Rajendra Kumar told EFE.

Although intense heat has already affected some parts of the country, especially in eastern India, heatwaves have been “very less this year and there was a wet-spell and hail. That is an anomaly,” Kumar added.

This is in contrast with the IMD forecast released in early April, in which it had predicted above average temperatures between April and June.

On Monday, the department predicted rainstorms and hail throughout the week in large parts of the country, very unusual for this time of the year, when people usually have to protect themselves from heatstroke and the sun.

Kumar, who did not want to link the weather fluctuation with climate change, said that a similar phenomenon had also occurred in 2021, attributing it to variations in weather.

Long periods of drought and unexpected rains could affect the population, especially those who depend on agriculture, as production still largely depends on the monsoon rains that follow the summer.

Extreme weather conditions such as heatwaves also directly affect people’s health, and according to a study released in 2021 by Indian meteorologists, more than 17,000 people were killed in the country over the last 50 years due to periods of extreme heat. EFE


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