In­dia gets its first heat-wave fore­cast

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Sne­hal Fer­nan­des sne­hal.fer­nan­des@hin­dus­tan­times.com

In­dia can now fore­cast heat waves, warn re­gions prone to ex­tremely hot days and bring down ca­su­al­ties, with a firstever, real-time fore­cast tech­nol­ogy de­vel­oped by the Pune-based In­dian In­sti­tute of Trop­i­cal Me­te­o­rol­ogy (IITM).

The fore­cast will be re­leased ev­ery five days and can pre­dict how hot the next 20 days will be. The first fore­cast was re­leased on April 12. IITM said it will pre­dict heat waves till the end of June, when the mon­soon brings down tem­per­a­tures.

“Last year, more than 2,500 peo­ple died be­cause of heat waves across the country. This is also a calamity caused by weather and is as im­por­tant as drought and flood.

This year, the min­istry of earth sciences has em­barked on fore­cast­ing heat wave con­di­tions,” said AK Sa­hai, a se­nior sci­en­tist at IITM.

Heat waves or se­vere heat waves oc­cur when ex­ces­sively hot weather, be­yond a thresh­old tem­per­a­ture, con­tin­ues over a pro­longed pe­riod.

The fore­cast for April 12 to April 16 says east­ern Ut­tar Pradesh, south in­te­rior Kar­nataka, Tamil Nadu and Ray­alseema are likely to face heat wave con­di­tions. Be­tween April 17 and April 21, heat wave con­di­tions are likely to pre­vail over parts of north­west and cen­tral In­dia — Ra­jasthan, Pun­jab, Haryana, east­ern Ut­tar Pradesh, Jhark­hand, Odisha and Gangetic West Ben­gal — and parts of the south­ern penin­sula, in­clud­ing Te­lan­gana and Ray­alseema.

CON­TIN­UED ON P12

ARIJIT SEN/ HT

Mum­bai­ites shield them­selves from the sum­mer heat at Ban­dra sta­tion on Wed­nes­day.

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