More intense summer awaits Kerala this year
Kochi: Experts have warned that the summer season would be more intense as the temperature in the state has gone up to 400 Celsius by the end of February. The Indian Meteorological Department has warned that the average temperature in Kerala will increase by 4 to 100 Celsius till Saturday. The average temperature in Kerala is 27 – 290 Celsius.
A report of the Indian Meteorological Department has said that the average temperature will rise up to 0.50 Celsius from March to May. The temperature in Palakkad district has been recorded as 400 Celsius. The Sun will be perpendicular to the equator by the middle of March. The sunlight is likely to hit the earth directly as there are less clouds present, which in turn increase the temperature immensely, said Dr. M. G. Manoj, the Research Scientist of CUSAT Advanced Centre for Atmospheric Radar Research.
It is likely to rain in Kochi in the seconds week of March. Summer rainfall will be available in the southern area including Thrissur by mid-April. But rainfall in northern region will be scanty, resulting in intense summer. The high humidity in atmosphere will result in high body temperature. Humidity will prevent the sweat from evaporating, which can increase chances of sun stroke, Dr. Manoj said.
The high temperature is the result of shift in wind direction. The hot wind from Tamil Nadu and Deccan Plateau will hit the state largely. The presence of concrete and fallow land boost absorption of heat from the sun and reduce emission, resulting in the phenomenon of ‘urban heat island’. Thus the temperature will increase largely. Also, the high amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere cause high temperature.
Heat wave also is likely to hit the state. It is a phenomenon when a temperature of more than 400 Celsius is reported from more than two places, which persists for more than two days. People are directed to avoid direct sunlight between 11 am and 3 pm, to wear light coloured loose fitting cotton dresses, to drink more water and to take bath twice a day.