On April 18, second phase of the Lok Sabha elections will be conducted in a total of 97 constituencies spread across 13 states.
All parliamentary constituencies in Tamil Nadu (39 seats) and Puducherry (one seat) will go for polling in the second phase. The others on the list are: Karnataka (14 constituencies), Maharashtra (10), Uttar Pradesh (8), Assam (5), Bihar (5), Odisha (5), Chhattisgarh (3), West Bengal (3), Jammu and Kashmir (2), and one constituency each from Manipur and Tripura.
As the month of April lies in the summer season, heat is on peak over most parts of the country. Even though presently, the northern and northeastern parts of the country will be under the influence of rains, central and southern parts will still be expecting hot weather conditions.
Let us have a look at the weather conditions over different states of Lok Sabha Elections 2019, Phase 2:
1 - Jammu and Kashmir: After witnessing widespread rain and thundershowers with snowfall, the state of Jammu and Kashmir will witness pleasant weather conditions on April 18. Srinagar may witness isolated patchy rains but weather in Udhampur will remain almost dry and pleasant.
2 – Uttar Pradesh: Nagina, Amroha, Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Hathras, Mathura, Agra and Fatehpur Sikri are situated in West Uttar Pradesh. Similar to J&K, this region will also observe dry weather conditions. But the day temperatures will remain high and settle in mid-30s causing heat wave like conditions in pockets.
3 – Maharashtra: Places like Buldhana, Akola, Amravati, Hingoli, Nanded, Parbhani, Beed, Osmanabad, Latur and Solapur are situated in Madhya Maharashtra, Marathwada and Vidarbha region, which are expected to reel under heat wave like condition with maximum temperatures exceeding 40˚C.
4 – Chhattisgarh: Weather in this state will remain almost dry but few southern districts may witness isolated rains. The day temperatures of Rajnandgaon, Mahasamund and Kanker will settle between 36˚C and 38˚C.
5 – Odisha: Except few interior parts of Odisha which might observe light rains, weather over the state will remain dry and very warm with maximums hovering in mid-30’s. Bargarh, Sundargarh, Bolangir, Kandhamal and Aska are the constituencies included in this phase.
6 -Bihar: Weather over Katihar, Purnia, Bhagalpur and Banka will remain dry and hot. Whereas, Kishanganj situated in the foothills may observe patchy light rains. Day temperatures over these constituencies will hover between 37˚C and 39˚C.
7 – West Bengal: Scattered rains will continue over parts of Gangetic West Bengal and Sub-Himalayan West Bengal including Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling and Raiganj. Maximums will range between 34˚C and 36˚C.
8 – Assam: Rains will continue in parts of Karimganj, Silchar, Autonomous district, Mangaldoi, and Nawgong during the later parts of the day. However, weather will still remain hot and humid during the voting time.
9 – Manipur: Similar rainy conditions will be seen in Inner Manipur as well.
10 – Tripura: Rains will also cover parts of Tripura East, during late afternoon or evening hours. But weather conditions will be unpleasant during the day.
11 – Karnataka: Weather over the state will remain almost dry and hot with isolated rains in parts of South Interior Karnataka. Udupi Chikmagalur, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Chitradurga, Tumkur, Mandya, Mysore, Chamarajanagar, Bangalore Rural, Bangalore North, Bangalore Central, Bangalore South, Chikkaballapur and Kolar are among the constituencies which will observe maximums near 35˚C.
12 – Tamil Nadu: Tiruvallur, Chennai North, Chennai South, Chennai Central, Sriperumbudur, Kancheepuram, Arakkonam, Vellore, Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Tiruvannamalai, Arani, Viluppuram, Kallakurichi, Salem, Namakkal, Erode, Tiruppur, Nilgiris, Coimbatore, Pollachi, Dindigul, Karur, Tiruchirapalli, Perambalur, Cuddalore, Chidambaram, Mayiladuthurai, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Sivaganga, Madurai, Theni, Virudhunagar, Ramanathapuram, Thoothukudi, Tenkasi, Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari will remain mostly dry. But few interior parts may witness isolated thundershowers.
13 – Puducherry: Being a coastal region, weather over Puducherry will remain hot and humid.
Thus, we can say that weather wise, almost all the places in India will be observing normal weather conditions without much disruption. People willing to vote should be able to go and vote for the nation and their beloved parties without any worries. Counting of votes will take place on 23 May.