India to issue summer forecast for the first time this year 


A man walking in the summer heat in India's eastern state of Odisha. Photo/IAC

India’s meteorological department will issue a summer advisory and temperature outlook for the first time this year, the science and technology minister said.

Harsh Vardhan told parliament in a written response to a question that the temperature outlook valid for the period April to June, 2016 will be issued by the end of March. In addition, an extended range forecast (up to 15-days) of summer temperatures with a 5-day update will be issued.

Earth System Science Organisation-India Meteorological Department (ESSO-IMD) is responsible for monitoring, detection and forecasting of weather including severe weather events such as cyclones, heavy rainfall, extreme temperature etc. It provides forecast of these events at national, regional and state levels through its three tier structure.

ESSO-IMD has setup a network of state meteorological centres to have better coordination with a state and other agencies to provide early warning of severe weather events.



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