Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh are the areas which are least sensitive to weather activities during the pre-Monsoon season (March to May). These areas witness more sunshine, high temperatures and frequent incidents of heatwave.
While, Odisha and Telangana are the two pockets which are most prone to heatwave conditions. However, this is not the case this time. Odisha and Telangana have not been a witness to frequent heatwave this time. Gujarat on the other hand has already reported heatwave conditions on numerous occasions.
Similar conditions are being observed in West Madhya Pradesh. Khargone has already recorded season’s highest by recording 45°C on April 4. The main heat core zones are Odisha, Vidarbha, Marathwada, Telangana and Gujarat.
According to experts, the coastal temperatures are different from the temperatures of interior areas of Gujarat. Interiors like Saurashtra, North and South Gujarat usually cross 40°C. While, Porbandar, Okha and Jamnagar normally record temperature in lower 30s.
On April 4, Deesa, Ahmedabad, Amreli and Bhuj recorded the season’s highest at 43.2°C, 43.7°C, 43.2°C and 42.8°C, respectively. All of them are about four to six degrees above normal. The rise in temperatures were seen due to the north-westerlies from Pakistan and Sindh, which are reeling under very hot conditions.
By April 5 due to the blowing of south westerlies, the day temperature in Deesa, Ahmedabad, Amreli and Bhuj went down by a couple of degrees. Ahmedabad and Deesa recorded 41.4°C and 40.2°C, respectively. These humid winds are blowing from the Arabian Sea and are likely to remain till tomorrow. Thereafter, the temperatures might again shoot up.
Such mild relief from high day temperature is purely because of change in wind direction. Rise in temperatures would halt for a while as soon as any weather system affects the hills and plains of the North.
Due to cyclonic circulation and a trough over East Madhya Pradesh, dust storm and thunderstorm activities were seen over the central parts of Madhya Pradesh. Today and tomorrow, we expect weather activities to continue over Sagar, Satna, Rewa, Khajuraho and Umaria. Hence, the temperatures are likely to drop marginally over the region for a short span of two days.
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