Hindustan Times (Lucknow)
Hottest Apr to coldest May: UP rides weather roller-coaster
From thermometerbreaching heat in April to wettest and coldest May, the weather in the state fluctuated from one extreme to another in the last two months, data of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) reveals.
In May, Uttar Pradesh recorded around 30% excess rainfall across the state. The eastern UP districts recorded slightly more rainfall than the districts in Central and Western UP, the IMD data reveals. “Uttar Pradesh recorded more rainfall in May in the last three years. It rained for more than 12 days in the entire month. The rain was caused primarily by western disturbances along with climatic conditions caused by Tauktae and Yaas cyclones,” said JP Gupta, director, state MeT department.
The above-average rainfall provided relief from the scorching heat experienced during these times and resulted in one of the coldest May in a decade. The average maximum temperature in the state, in May, according to IMD data, was 38 degrees Celsius which is three degrees below normal. Even the average lowest temperature slipped six degrees and was recorded around 22 degrees Celsius.
The change was drastic considering that the state recorded
one of the hottest Aprils this year. With the mercury pushing 44 degrees Celsius in many places, the average maximum temperature in UP, in April, was recorded at 40.8 degrees Celsius, which was around four degrees above normal. “April, this year, was one of the hottest as many places recorded over40-degrees Celsius temperatures for several days. Bundelkhand and the Prayagraj region experienced particularly hot weather conditions in April this year,” Gupta said.
Experts said that abnormal weather conditions may continue in the coming months too. “The IMD has issued a forecast for more rains in the first week of June which is not normal. Moreover, the monsoon is expected to get delayed by at least a week. These aspects will