Weather outlook for April: Pre Monsoon activities to pick up pace across India

April 1, 2019 6:00 PM |

Lightning Strikes in April

The month of March is a transition period for pan India, while by the month of April, country slips into summer mode completely.  It’s a month when pre-Monsoon month gets fully established.

This time, no activity in terms of heat has been witnessed in March over the Indo-Gangetic Plains, including Odisha as well. It has been rather soft over North this time in March. It was at the fag end of the month when rise in temperatures was recorded. However, by first week and mid-March, interior parts of peninsula and Central India, respectively witnessed heatwave conditions.

The month of March has ended with below normal temperatures for most of the locations of Indo-Gangetic Plains. Now with the beginning of April, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and internal Peninsular areas are under the grip of heatwave conditions. Let us now have a look at the likely weather conditions in April:

Northwest India

The hills and plains of the northern region are yet to witness their first dust storm of the season.  The northern plains of the country generally remain dry, hence there are more chances of dust storm activity. In the month of March, the Air Quality Index (AQI) has been moderate. With rise in dust storm activities in the coming days, it is being predicted that the AQI levels would deteriorate.

East and Northeast India

In Northeast India, the temperatures do not touch 40°C, they stay in mid 30s only. However, the humidity levels are high here. Thunderstorm is a judicious mix of humidity and high temperatures. East and Northeast India witness lightning strikes, high velocity winds during this period. Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal are more prone to Nor’westers or famously known as Kal Baisakhi. They keep regenerating in terms of thunderstorms; hence, severity is more over these areas. As per the experts, we can even see this on the radar which is known as line squalls.

Central and Peninsular India

Coming to Central and Interior parts of Peninsular India, heatwave condition would be more in large pockets of Gujarat, Maharashtra and West Madhya Pradesh. Similar condition would be a sight over Telangana, Rayalaseema, Interior parts of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

On the contrary, dust storm activity is least in Gujarat and over Coastal Maharashtra despite of soaring temperatures in the month of April. While, dust storm activities become more significant over Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and NCR and at times even extend up to parts of Uttar Pradesh as well.

This is considered to be the hazardous month for everyone including the aviation as well as agriculture. The high velocity winds are detrimental for crops and when they mix with precipitation, it is then a deadly combination. A half an hour spell is powerful enough to destroy the field.

These thunderstorm activities are mostly seen during later part of the day anything after 1600 hours. These activities continue to go on till late night. A new day once again starts on a fresh note with clear and bright sky.

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