Next 2 days ( 30th/31st)
Heavy Rains in Sikkim, Meghalaya and Bangladesh .....Moderate rains in rest of North East India States.
Thunder showers in Kerala and adjoining S.I. Karnataka.
30th and 31st march:
Mumbai will continue in the 33/34c range in the day with hot sunny conditions. Slightly better nights as the minimums are expected to fall by 1/2c on Tuesday and Wednesday night.
Pune : Hot days around 39c, with a bit pleasant at night as variation brings the minimum to around 18c.
Bangalore will be partly cloudy, but days will be warm and hot around 35c...
Delhi NCR: Will start feeling the Summer Heat from Friday as the mercury crosses 38c. Minimum rises to over 20c.
Kolkata: Hot at around 35/36c, chances of a thunder shower around on 31st Match/1st April.
Heat Wave in Malaysia...Maybe the worst yet...
In Malaysia, there were relatively stronger El Nino events in 1972, 1982, 1991 and 1997, with 1997 being the strongest year. Perhaps 2016 will rival or surpass that.
Malaysia’s daily mean temperature is between 26°C to 28°C, and at the lowlands temperatures are between 22.5°C at night and 33°C in the daytime, according to the biennial update report (BUR) that Malaysia submitted to the UN Climate Change Convention recently.
On March 19, The Star reported that temperatures had jumped to 39°C in Kangar, 38°C in Alor Setar, 36°C in Penang and Ipoh, and 35°C in Johor Baru, Kota Baru and Kuala Lumpur.
Compare this with the normal average daytime mean temperature of 33°C. Imagine if this kind of heatwave temperature were to be permanent.
The following are among the effects of El Nino in Malaysia:
> Unbearably hot conditions in homes and work places without adequate air conditioning, resulting in health problems such as headaches, fever and even a few deaths.
> Among the most affected are infants and children, the elderly and those who are sick. Schools in some states were forced to close for some days when temperatures exceeded the unhealthy level.
> A decline or absence of rainfall, causing a drop in water levels in reservoirs, parched agricultural lands and delays in planting of rice. Water shortages may soon emerge.
> Decline in agricultural production. According to Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development (Mardi), a two-degree temperature rise could lead to a 13% reduction in padi yield. A 15% decline in seasonal rainfall could lead to a drop in yield of up to 80%.
> The rise in sea temperature has resulted in fish migrating, affecting fish catch, according to the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry.
> The heatwave results in more fires on agricultural land, forest and peatlands. Besides the damage caused, this also contributes to “haze”.
> Reduced water flow may increase the concentration of pollutants such as ammonia, organic and solid matter in streams and rivers. This may threaten marine life and the safety of water used for human consumption.
> There is greater intensity of energy use due to increased use of air conditioners to counter the heat. This makes it more difficult to control Greenhouse Gas emissions.
Excerpts from The Star Online..