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IMD forecasts abnormal heatwaves in India

IMD predicts above-average heatwave days in central India, east India, and northwest India.

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As a significant change in India's weather pattern occurred in March, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasted above-average hot days in numerous places of the country beginning in April.

According to the prediction, during the hot weather season, which runs from April to June, majority of the nation will record maximum temperatures that are above average. However, parts of northwest India and the southern peninsular will see maximum temperatures that are normal or below normal.

Up to 10 states, including Gujarat, Jharkhand, and Bihar, are projected to see such extreme weather changes in April, the weather monitoring agency said in a news release.

"Above normal heatwave days are likely over many parts of Bihar, Jharkhand, East Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Gangetic West Bengal, north Chhattisgarh, western part of Maharashtra, Gujarat and some parts of West Uttar Pradesh , Punjab and Haryana during April 2023," the release added

Despite IMD's early forecast of higher than usual temperatures, the extreme temperature fluctuations in March made it one of the top ten coldest Marches in the previous 73 years. This is because the month was cooler than typical in the second half of the month due to western disturbances.