2016 was pretty hot (the hottest year since 1901) and there is no respite (shelter) from the heat this summer too. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), which is the government agency in charge of weather forecasts, has said that temperatures could be more than a degree higher than normal in parts of north-western India.
High heat conditions are expected in states such as Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. But across the country, temperatures will be higher than usual during the months ahead of the monsoon.
El Nino may be back!
The IMD also says that the El Nino weather phenomenon (event), which is caused by warming of the waters of the Pacific Ocean, could make a come-back in 2017. El Nino causes poor rainfall during July to September in India. Luckily, this time El Nino would set in only in September, by which time the rainy season would be over in most parts of India. In fact, El Nino is expected to bring heavy rain during the north-east monsoon that hits Tamil Nadu and some parts of Andhra Pradesh from October to December.