Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Mercury touches 42.2 deg C; hotter days ahead

NEW DELHI: Much before schools break for summer holidays and families plan vacations to cooler climes, the capital is already scorching under
extreme heat. The maximum temperature on Tuesday climbed to the season's highest of 42.2 degrees celsius, four degrees above normal, with hot winds sweeping through the city keeping most people indoors.

There seems to be no respite in sight. The weatherman predicts even hotter days ahead, with the mercury expected to touch 43 degrees in the next two days, thanks to dry westerly winds coming in from Rajasthan. And this is just the beginning of what threatens to be a long hot summer.

Tuesday was the warmest April 28 in the past five years, both in terms of the maximum and minimum temperatures. The minimum temperature was 26.6 degrees Celsius, three degrees above normal. ``A western disturbance is passing over Jammu and Kashmir and its warm front is leading to warming in this area. Westerlies blowing from Rajasthan are also causing the temperature to rise. Within a day or so, Delhi can also expect the hot loo,'' said a Met department official.

Normally crowded places like India Gate and Central Park were deserted for most part of the day as people preferred to remain indoors. ``I knew this could be the hottest day of the season the minute I stepped out. I felt totally parched and dehydrated. The sun was relentless and a hot dusty wind blowing in the afternoon just made the situation worse,'' said Anita Vohra, an architect.

Said Vinod Datta, a professional working in CP: ``I had to meet a client in Gurgaon but the heat was so terrible that I called in sick. There was no way I was going to drive all the way in this weather.''


Temperature forecast for INDIA till 15-May-09

The temperature forecast predicts that the next 10 days we'll feel some abnormal temperatures and gradually it'll go down due to a possibility of early set in of SOuth-west air current... not the SOuth-west monsoon itself.

India’s Monsoon May Make Early Onset, Aiding Planting Prospects

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By Pratik Parija and Vipin Nair

April 28 (Bloomberg) -- India's monsoon, forecast to be near normal this year, may arrive a week earlier than the normal June 1 date, boosting prospects for an early planting of crops such as rice, oilseeds and cotton.

The weather office doesn't foresee a delay in the onset of the June-to-September rainy season, D. Sivananda Pai, a director at India Meteorological Department, said today on a conference call organized by brokerage Edelweiss Securities Ltd.

India's 235 million farmers rely on the timing of the four- month season to decide which crops to grow. Their incomes are watched by makers of consumer goods and appliances. Companies such as ITC Ltd., India's biggest cigarette maker, and textile company DCM Ltd. are selling more in the villages than in urban areas, the Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry has said.

"A proper monsoon does improve market sentiment and help rural demand," said H.S. Goindi, head of marketing at TVS Motor Co., India's third-biggest motorcycle maker. "It is extremely important." Small towns and rural areas account for as much as 55 percent of the company's sales, he said.

Rains this season may be 96 percent of the 50-year average, the weather office said April 17. The central region may receive more showers than last year, while falls in the southern parts of the country may be the same as last year, Pai said. Areas in the north east and north west may get less rain than last year.

Adequate rainfall will help sustain the record 4.3 percent average growth in farm output Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has presided over since 2005, raising incomes among the 742 million Indians who live in the countryside. That may help the Congress party-led government, seeking re-election in polls that started on April 16, to counter the slowest growth since March 2003.

India, the world's second-biggest grower of rice and wheat, depends on the monsoon to water its farms as about 60 percent of the arable land isn't irrigated. Planting of most early winter- harvested crops, including rice, corn, lentils, soybeans, peanut and sugar cane, begins with the onset of the monsoon.

To contact the reporter on this story: Pratik Parija in New Delhi at; Vipin Nair in Mumbai at