New Delhi, April 01: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday reported that maximum parts of North India would be reeling under intense heat wave this summer. According to the IMD, the average mean temperatures would remain more than normal in the months of April, May and June. Head of IMD’s long-range forecasting division, D Sivananda Pai, said that the northern belt of the country will experience clear skies with anti-cyclonic winds, which would lead to an increase in normal temperatures. The weather, he said, is expected to remain dry throughout the northern region.

As per the forecast released by IMD, the eastern, east-central and southern parts of the country are expected to experience slightly lower-than-normal temperatures. IMD also added that there was a 38 per cent probability of above-normal heat wave conditions over the heat wave (HW) zones of the country. It further stated that although the northern region would experience hotter than usual temperatures this summer, the season’s average temperatures are likely to remain less than last year.

IMD forecast said that Chandigarh, Punjab, J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, and Delhi would experience average maximum temperatures which would be higher than normal by one degree. While, Uttarakhand, west Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan would be experiencing temperatures between one and 0.5 degrees higher than normal. Coming days are going to be hot for these above mentioned states but nights won’t be relaxing either as temperatures would be a notch higher in Delhi, western U.P., Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Rajasthan.

Heat wave zones throughout the country

Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Orissa and Telangana, as well as meteorological subdivisions of Marathawada, Vidarbha, Madhya Maharashtra and coastal Andhra Pradesh come under the heat waves zones.

While the northern region would be under intense heat wave, southern and eastern India would experience normal temperatures and receive good pre-monsoon showers said the IMD.