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Are things ‘hotting’ up for Odisha?

Above normal day temperature expected in most regions including Odisha: ERFS forecast

Published: 08th February 2017 02:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th February 2017 03:28 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BHUBANESWAR:On Tuesday, the maximum day temperature of Capital City Bhubaneswar read 34.5 degree Celsius. And it was seven degree above normal!

Across the State, day temperature has soared triggering fears of a gruelling summer. Technically, the winter is still here but practically, it seems the summer has arrived.
The weather office says westerly wind from Nagpur and Telangana regions is hotting up the State but the clear sky conditions have helped radiational cooling which is why the nights are still pleasant. The minimum temperature is about the normal mark.
While similar conditions are likely to prevail for about a week, the experimental test forecast by Prof UC Mohanty, Head of School of Earth Ocean and Climate Sciences of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bhubaneswar, says the ensuing months may be harsh.
Using nine global models products, Prof Mohanty and his Extended Range Forecast System (ERFS) team has come out with prediction for precipitation and temperature for February as well as the season February-March-April.

The forecast says mean temperature in Odisha during February will be about 23.2 degree Celsius.
‘’The probabilistic forecast has shown the possibility of above normal mean temperatures in Rayalseema, Telangana, Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Marthwada, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Gangetic West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, East UP, Punjab, Rajasthan, West Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat,’’ the forecast by Prof Mohanty says.
While the maximum temperature climatology is put at 30.5 degree Celsius for the State in February, the minimum is pegged at 15.9 degree Celsius.
For the February-March-April season, the maximum temperature in Odisha is predicted at about 34.4 degree Celsius.

The paper says above normal maximum temperatures are expected in most of the regions though there is no clear signal in Kerala, Konkan and Goa, Chhattisgarh, Vidarbha, West Madhya Pradesh, West UP, Himachal Pradesh, J&K, Bihar, Assam and Meghalaya regions. ‘’For the country as a whole, chances are high for the above normal category,’’ the forecast paper says.
The IMD sources, however, said the actual conditions could well turn out to be different. ‘’Currently, the temperature pattern across the State is dependent on so many factors, including the rate of urbanisation,’’ the sources added.



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