IMD: Above Normal Heat Wave during Summer in India
The Indian Meteorological Department has announced that months of March, April and May are to be warmer than normal. The heat waves are to prevail over the heat wave zones of India
Heat Wave Zone
The Core Heat Wave Zone of India includes Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh. Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, West Bengal and Telangana.
In India, heat waves are experienced during March to July
What is a Heat Wave?
According to the World Meteorological Organization, a Heat Wave occurs when the daily maximum temperature of 5 consecutive days exceeds average maximum temperature by 5 degrees Celsius. During a heat wave, the weather is excessively hot and also highly humid. Heat Waves usually occur in oceanic countries.
How are Heat Waves formed?
Heat waves are formed when high pressure in the upper atmosphere strengthens and remains in a particular region for days together. They are common in summer as jet streams follow the sun. This high-pressure traps highly humid warm air under it. The air warms oceanic winds in the earth forming heat waves.
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