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Winter to be warmer, probability of above-normal temp in cold zones: IMD

The IMD has been issuing seasonal forecast for winter since 2016, and every forecast has predicted a warmer winter

IMD | winter

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Commuters ride through heavy fog on a winter morning, in New Delhi
Commuters ride through heavy fog on a winter morning, in New Delhi | Photo: PTI

With rising global temperatures and keeping with forecasts of past three years, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Friday this year's season -- from December to February -- will be warmer than average.

In its forecast released on Friday, the said, "DJF (December, January, February) season average minimum temperatures are likely to be warmer than average over most parts of the country except over northernmost parts of India."

The has been issuing seasonal forecast for since 2016, and every forecast has predicted a warmer winter. Even 2018 was the warmest year globally.

The weatherman also said there is relatively "higher probability" for above-normal minimum temperatures in the core cold wave (CW) zone during December 2019 to February 2020.

The core cold wave zone covers Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Odisha and Telangana, and meteorological subdivisions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, Marathawada, Vidharbha, Saurashtra (Gujarat) and central Maharashtra.

M Rajeevan, the Secretary in the Ministry of Earth Sciences, said the warmer winters are due to global warming.

The forecast said minimum temperatures over most parts of central and peninsular India are likely to be warmer than normal by less than one per cent.

The season averaged mean temperatures are likely to be warmer than normal by 0.50 degree Celsius over peninsular India and some part of east and central India, it said.

However, the season average maximum temperatures are likely to be colder than normal over some part of central Indian region and warmer than normal over few subdivisions in the peninsular region.

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First Published: Fri, November 29 2019. 20:50 IST