New Delhi: Northwest and central India experienced their hottest April in 122 years, with average maximum temperatures reaching 35.9 and 37.78 degrees Celsius respectively, the weather office said on Saturday.
Addressing a press conference, India Meteorological Department Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said the northwest and west central parts of the country – Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana – will continue to experience above normal temperatures in May as well.
Nights will be warmer in May in most parts of the country, except in some regions of south peninsular India, Mr Mohapatra said.
The average temperatures observed pan-India for April was 35.05 degrees, which was the fourth highest in 122 years, he said.
“The average rainfall in May 2022 over the country is most likely to be above normal,” Mr Mohapatra said.
In March, northwest India recorded a deficit in rainfall of around 89 per cent, while the deficit was nearly 83 per cent in April, mainly on account of feeble and dry western disturbances, Mr Mohapatra said.
North India witnessed six western disturbances but they were mostly feeble and moved across the higher parts of the Himalayas, he said, adding the last three western disturbances caused strong winds in parts of Delhi and dust storms over Rajasthan in April.
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