The peculiarity displayed this March is that a coastal district like Puri has recorded nearly 3 deg C higher temperature. The climate of the district has been displaying abnormal signs post-Fani landfall in May 2019
Bhubaneswar: Even as Baripada in Odisha has been designated as the hottest place in the country in March this year, the month proved to be the fourth warmest in the climate history for Odisha. Baripada sizzled at 44.6 degree Celsius on March 30.
The IMD monthly outlook report released on Monday observed that this March has been the 3rd warmest in the country’s 121 years of climate history. The previous warmest March had been recorded in the year 2010 and 2004.
However, the twist here is during the last decade, Odisha saw its warmest March in the year 2016.
IMD MARCH OUTLOOK REPORT
As per the IMD monthly outlook report, the whole of Central India, including Odisha, has witnessed the 4th warmest March this year. The report observed that when the normal monthly average of the maximum temperature of the region has been estimated at around 33.58 deg Celsius, the actual temperature recorded this March has been 1.55 deg C higher. The monthly average maximum temperature for the entire central India region has been measured at around 35.13 deg C.
2021 MARCH IN ODISHA
As per the data released by IMD, the monthly average maximum temperature in Odisha has been measured at around 38 deg C this March.
However, the exceptions are the western districts of Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Sambalpur and Sonepur that border Chhattisgarh. The monthly average maximum temperature has been recorded at around 40 deg C in the said districts. The data puts the anomaly in the maximum temperature in the districts at around 5 deg C, which means the monthly average maximum temperature observed in these districts this March has been around 5 deg C higher than the normal March maximum temperature of around 35 deg C.
Significantly, Chhattisgarh has recorded the warmest March this year and the anomaly for the average temperature has been put at around 4 deg C. Some districts bordering Odisha have shown an anomaly of around 5 deg C. And the impact in Odisha, therefore, clearly discernible.
HEATWAVE IN PURI?
The peculiarity displayed this March is that except the coastal districts of Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur, Bhadrak, Kendrapada and Jajpur, the other coastal district like Puri has recorded nearly 3 deg C higher temperature this March.
As per the history of March temperature for Puri available with the IMD, the monthly average maximum temperature of this famous pilgrim and coastal district has been around 33deg C, this March the district has recorded a monthly average maximum temperature at around 36-37 deg C.
This seems significant as, since 2019, the climate of the district has taken a worse turn when extremely severe cyclone Fani made landfall in the district.
MENACING MARCH IN BHUBANESWAR, CUTTACK?
The data released by the IMD on Monday reveals that the twin cities have recorded the second warmest March this year after 2016. The monthly average of maximum temperature this March recorded in the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar have been around 38 deg C, which is nearly 3 deg C above the normal average March maximum temperature of around 35 deg C.
MARCH IN SOUTHERN ODISHA
Though the mercury shot up in this part of the State, the fact of relief is the monthly average of maximum temperature in March in the districts of Malkangiri, Koraput, Nabarangpur and Rayagada have been recorded at around 34 deg C, which is around 1-2 deg C higher than the normal average March maximum temperature recorded in the districts.
WHY MARCH 2021 HOTTER?
“It is for the heatwave, almost all the districts in the State had witnessed a sharp rise in maximum temperature this March. Though this is not abnormal, the impact of heatwave was felt bitterly in the State because of a change in the wind flow pattern from the Bay of Bengal,” explained HR Biswas, Director, IMD Bhubaneswar.