Month of February is ending on a hot note. Possibly, it will get listed as one of the hottest February on record. Upcoming month of March does seem to be any less. Ensuing peak summer months of April, May and June are expected to be searing, with mercury climbing to record levels.
Max Temperature Forecast for the months March, April, May 2023
North India perpetually got starved during the winter months. Major portion of plains covering Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Chandigarh, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh literally had a drought. Worst was February, an otherwise rainiest month of winters, when the deficiency rose as much as, 90% or more in most pockets. Hardly any active western disturbance showed up to mitigate water woes. Additionally , scanty rains pushed the mercury levels to record high, raising alert for the farming sector.
Courtesy, La Nina conditions, now fading and transiting to 'neutral' shortly, large areas of northern plains have witnessed varied and adverse weather conditions. Last year, there was downpour everywhere in north in the month of January. The same region visibly starved this year. Whatever rains happened, also had skewed spatial distribution. Complete region has been reeling under water stress and is largely dependent on subsidiary resources of irrigation.
Accumulated heat is likely to be carried in to the next month, without much of relief. Except for some light showers in few areas over the next 3 days, arid conditions will continue. Even these showers will not help palliating simmering pockets. Such persistent abnormal conditions do not sound appeasing for the farming sector. Most Rabi crops are at different stages of the cycle, some of them, quite crucial. Prolonged intemperate conditions are construed as pernicious for most Rabi crops over the northern, central and eastern parts of the country.