India Meteorological Department (IMD)

  • 24 Apr 2024

With heatwaves affecting several parts of India, India Meteorological Department (IMD) now provides tailored heatwave forecasts for the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, aiding voters and officials in planning and preparation.

  • The forecasts extend to rail travelers, anticipating increased demand during the summer and election-related travel.
  • Anomalously high temperatures have gripped parts of Odisha, Maharashtra, Bihar, West Bengal, and Rajasthan, with peaks expected in mid-May.
  • Specialized forecasts provide information on maximum and minimum temperatures, humidity levels, and heatwave conditions.
  • Heat stress, influenced by El Nino conditions, is a key concern affecting human health during extended heatwave spells.
  • Southern India experiences unprecedented heat, with warmer nights and near-record day temperatures reported in several regions.