Scorched Earth: Last month was Goa’s second hottest March since summer 69 | Goa News
The average maximum temperature in March 2022 was 34.2 degrees C
PANAJI: Heat wave conditions on March 14 and the mercury rising above 35 degrees Celsius for a few days made this March the second hottest since 1969. This is only the resumption of breezes refreshing sea waves towards the end of the mid-month which brought some relief.
During a month that saw the mercury rise above 35 degrees Celsius a few times in the first fortnight, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) in Panaji recorded an average maximum temperature of 34.2 degrees Celsius for Panaji . “This is the second highest average maximum temperature according to available data since 1969,” said Rahul M, Scientist, IMD, Panaji.
The highest average maximum temperature of 34.6 degrees C for the city was recorded in March 2013. Otherwise, the normal value for March is 32.3 degrees C.
As meteorologists had warned of a heat wave across the country, the mercury had started to soar in Goa to 37 degrees Celsius once or twice in February itself. The rise in mercury continued occasionally during the first week of March, when IMD, Panaji, recorded high temperatures ranging from 35 to 37 degrees C on a few occasions.
But on Sunday, March 13, the mercury jumped to 37.2 degrees Celsius due to strong easterly winds in the lower levels of the atmosphere and heat advection from the northern Konkan and southern Gujarat regions. . On Monday, the mercury soared to 37.8 degrees Celsius – nearly six degrees above normal – as meteorologists conceded mild heatwave conditions in Goa.
Mercury rose even more in hinterland areas, but Panaji’s maximum and minimum temperatures are considered representative of the entire state.
Last month’s heat wave came after six years, with maximum temperatures exceeding 37 degrees Celsius for three days on March 4, 5 and 6, 2013. This month ended as the hottest March since 1969.