Heatwave in east India due to anti-cyclone: IMD
An anti-cyclone in Bay of Bengal, coupled with high temperatures in central India, is leading to a heatwave in eastern parts of the country where mercury has shot up over 40 degrees Celsius.
“Central India usually gets heated up in April and as May approaches, northwest India too starts heating up. The heat is passed on to other regions, which is why east India gets heated up,” Director General of India Meteorological Department, Laxman Singh Rathore said. “Currently, there is an anti-cyclone (circulation of winds around a region of high atmospheric pressure) in the Bay of Bengal. This is not allowing advection, which means the sea breeze that helps in cooling the temperatures is not (flowing towards the land) happening. The combined effect is leading to such (heat wave) conditions,” Rathore said.
Several parts of east and southeast India have recorded over-40 degrees Celsius temperatures, with Titalgarh in Odisha recording a high of 46.3 degree Celsius yesterday.
As per IMD data, several places, mostly in Odisha, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have recorded temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius.