Scorching summer may hit water supply and fodder, spare rabi crop: Experts

rabi harvest, rabi crops, rabi seasonSummers have set in and if weather predictions and current day temperatures are any indication, the country is in for an extended period of extremely dry and warm weather. While this could put a strain on drinking water supply and animal fodder in some parts, the sudden rise in temperatures might not take a toll on the standing crop of wheat, mustard and gram. The bulk of the last two has been harvested. But it might slow vegetable supplies and push up prices. Meteorological data shows temperatures in and around the National Capital Region and other northern cities have been hovering at over 30 degrees, 3-7 degrees higher than the historical average. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted above normal temperatures in all sub-divisions during March-May and weather officials and experts said the region should brace up for more intense heat in the coming months. In fact, weathermen said there was a high probability that the incidence of heatwaves may rise this year, particularly in the northwest and central parts of the country. An unusually dry winter followed by a lack of normal pre-monsoon showers is also expected to keep the weather warm and dry. A big disturbance has been predicted over the Arabian Sea, which might develop into a cyclonic storm in the next few days, but it is likely to be limited to the coastal parts of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Lakshadweep. Momentary relief from scorching heat is expected in the northern parts of the country in the next few days. The shortfall in rain in January and February was over 60 per cent, followed by a 30 per cent shortfall since March 1. North and central India bore the brunt of this shortfall.graph

Source: Business Standard