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El-Nino Effect: 2016 and 2010 witness similar hot weather conditions

April 27, 2016 9:27 AM |

El-Nino Effect: 2016 and 2010 witness similar hot weather conditionsMost parts of the country have been experiencing abnormally hot weather conditions ever since the beginning of 2016. Summers have also ushered in quite early this season, leading to heatwave to severe heatwave conditions over several parts of India.

Mercury has been settling between 42°C and 46°C over many parts for several days now. Odisha is worst affected with temperatures reaching 46°C quite often. On April 23, Titlagarh recorded highest maximum of 48°C.

Prior to this, similar weather conditions were witnessed way back in 2010 wherein day temperatures had also soared to record breaking levels.

Well, the reason behind the identical weather in 2010 and 2016 can be attributed to the presence of strong El-Nino.

Both 2009 and 2015 had reported strong El-Nino. According to Skymet Weather, a strong El-Nino year is always followed by hot summer conditions. In fact, the stronger and longer duration the El-Nino has, summers tends to be even hotter.

Though the El-Nino in 2009 was very strong but 2015 has reported the strongest El-Nino on record. Hence, 2016 is now turning out to be hotter than 2010.

Moreover, pre-Monsoon rains have also been absent, paving way for clear sky and bright sunshine. With this, sun insolation has been increasing day by day, leading to extraordinary increase in day maximums.

Let us have a look at the temperatures across several cities across the country.

Table--Temperatures in 2010 and 2016

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