Its April, summer has begun and the days are hot. And it is going to get a lot hotter soon before the cool rains arrive in June.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heat wave conditions across most of northern India this summer. In states like Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan, temperatures will be over a degree hotter than usual. A jump of 1°C doesn’t sound like a lot, but when it is already boiling hot at 44°C, a small increase can make a lot of impact.
It is going to be one of the hottest summers ever, say weather experts. This also means that northern India will be drier than usual with fewer summer showers. The good news for central and southern India is that temperatures will be the same as usual and possibly even slightly lower than normal in some places.
It’s the season when one feels most thirsty, the time when you fancy a dip in a swimming pool or nearby lake. However, this year, India is also looking at a water shortage. Reservoirs (that store water) are lower this year as compared to last and the searing heat may make the water evaporate faster too. The water situation has been party caused by low winter rainfall and snowfall. As many northern rivers are fed by ice melting in the high Himalayas, when it snows less, rivers have less water.
So conserve water as much as you can, and stay out of the hot sun too!