The India Meteorological Department (IMD) today announced that the average maximum temperature during the months of March, April and May is likely to be higher than normal by 1 degree Celsius plus in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Rajasthan and Arunachal Pradesh.
The rest of the country is likely to experience near-normal maximum temperatures (between -0.5 degree Celsius and 0.5 degree Celsius).
Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi might witness the summer warmer by about 0.5-1 degree Celsius.
The average minimum temperature is also expected to rise in similar degrees in these regions.
Regarding monsoons, El Niño is expected to be neutral in the March-May period, which precedes the rains. However, the IMD will be releasing its official first monsoon forecast in April.
The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), has issued seasonal forecast since 2016 for subdivision scale temperatures over the country for both hot and cold weather seasons based on predictions from the Monsoon Mission Coupled Forecasting System (MMCFS) Model.