El Nino effect: Winter to be warmer this year in Madhya Pradesh

  • Sravani Sarkar, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Oct 16, 2015 19:04 IST

The heaviest of your woollen wear and quilts might not be used this winter as the season would be comparatively warmer in Madhya Pradesh with temperatures expected to remain 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius above the normal mark, meteorological officials have said.

Higher average temperatures would translate into lesser intensity of cold and, hence, fewer chilly days, director of Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC), Anupam Kashyapi told HT.

This would be due to the impact of El Nino, the weather condition that affected the southwest monsoon leading to a considerable shortfall of rains during the second half of August and the month of September, he added.

Indications of a warmer winter are already in place as the day temperatures during the first fortnight of October have been considerably higher than normal in many parts of the country, including Madhya Pradesh.

During the past few days, the maximum temperatures in many parts of state have been recorded in the range of 36 to 38 degrees - two to four degrees above the normal mark, the met office records show.

On Tuesday, day temperatures were particularly high with many places in north MP recording a maximum of 39 degrees - five to six degrees above normal.

Bhopal had recorded a maximum of 37.3 degrees - four degrees above normal.

Though the temperatures came down a notch on Wednesday to be recorded in range of 35-37 degrees due to partial clouding in eastern MP, the met office has predicted that they would jump up again.

“Day temperatures are likely to remain in the range of 38 degrees for next few days and conditions would continue to be quite hot for the entire month. The temperatures would start dipping only in second half of November, but then too they would not slide as much as they should,” Kashyapi said.

El Nino effect causes rise in sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean that causes warming of weather in the Indian subcontinent.

Kashyapi said the impact of El Nino would continue till March 2016 and thus entire winter season is likely to be affected.

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