No respite from heat for next two months: Weatherman



No respite from heat for next two months: Weatherman New Delhi: There will be no respite from searing heatwave conditions for the next couple of months as a strong anti-cyclonic system is sitting over central and north-west India and showing little signs of moving away.

However, the weatherman has said the heatwave conditions could augur well for the Monsoon as heating of central India is one of the parameters that indicate a good rainy season.

"In the near future, we don't see any major change to take place. The hot conditions will continue. Both the day and night temperature is going to stay on the higher side," Ajit Tyagi, Director General of India Meteorological Department (IMD), said in an interview.

A strong anti-cyclone system is active over central and north-west India and only a stronger extra tropical weather system or cyclonic activity in the Bay of Bengal could dislodge it resulting in some relief from the heat, he said.

"Any major change can be caused only by a change in air mass associated with active disturbance. That is not taking place this season and it is continuing. It is likely to continue also," Tyagi said.

An anti-cyclone is a large atmospheric circulation system associated with relatively high pressure at the surface and in the lower troposphere.

Anti-cyclones usually form when an airmass is cooled over a cool ocean surface, or over land during winter when little sunlight is available.

This heat spell may be a boon in disguise for the farmers as absence of rain or hailstorm would enable them to have a smooth harvest of the rabi crop and good rains would certainly be of help for the kharif season.

"There is no hailstorm or rains in March or April so far. The wheat crop is not affected. Many a time in March, a good spell of rain and hailstorm affects the crops. Heating is positively causing discomfort putting stress on water, power but it is good for (weather) system," he said.

Asked about the reasons for the summer setting in early, Tyagi said it was not unusual as the heat has started in February in 2006 and this year it started by March. "The reasons are clear. One is the prolonged clear skies because of absence of clouds," he said.

April began on a 'hot note' with temperature touching higher levels. The maximum touched 43.7 degrees Celsius yesterday, a 52-year high for the month of April.

On whether a hot April is an indication of much hotter summer ahead, Tyagi said there is no denial of the fact that it is going to be a hot summer. Temperatures in May will be on a higher side, he added.

PTI