The officials also informed that they are expecting good showers this year to provide some relief from the scorching heat.

2018 likely to be hottest recorded year for Kerala says MeT Palakkad hits 40 degreesImage for representation only
news Weather Friday, March 02, 2018 - 14:43

The year 2018 is most likely going to be the warmest year on record for Kerala, as per the India Meteorological Department (IMD). 

The IMD says that during the pre-monsoon season i.e. from March to May, all meteorological sub-divisions of the country are likely to experience higher than normal temperatures.

Officials also warned that average temperatures over many of the subdivisions in northwest and neighbouring central India are likely to be above normal by one degree Celsius, while the southern states will see temperatures go up by 0.5 to 1 degree Celsius.

“This is a global trend. Every year, temperature has been on the rise. We were expecting the same trend in Kerala as well. It was earlier reported that 2016 was the warmest year in Kerala. This summer is going to be warmer than 2016”, said IMD director S Sudevan.

“Palakkad has already touched 40 degree Celsius and in 2016, the district had seen a temperature of 41.3 degrees, the highest ever recorded temperature in the state”, added Sudevan.

Southern states like Kerala, Tamil Nadu, south interior Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh will see a temperature rise of between 0.5 to 1 degree Celsius.

Speaking to TNM, Sudevan also raised concern about the outbreak of diseases and stressed on the need to take good care of health during the summers.

“Increase in temperature can have adverse impacts on health and outbreak of diseases like dengue, jaundice can be expected. People should be careful and areas which have witnessed similar outbreaks in the past during summer should take precautions early”, added Sudevan.

The government has already warned people about the increase in temperature.

“The government has issued an order to reduce and change the work timings of the outdoor labourers from March to May”, said Sudevan.

The government has issued a directive to change the shift timings for workers to 3pm-12am or 5pm-7am, so as to avoid working during the day.

“Health minister has also issued warning to the people regarding the possible outbreak of disease and to take precautions to keep themselves from falling sick during the summer. Lots of fluid intake is a must to prevent dehydration. Light cotton clothes are preferable over other materials”, added Sudevan.

Sudevan also cited increase in greenhouse gases, global warming, as well as infrastructural and other developmental activities, as the main reasons for the increase in temperature.

“Kerala is a coastal belt and there is so much road construction and other infrastructural / developmental activities happening. This definitely contributes to an increase in temperature. This is a universal phenomenon and global warming will take a toll on the society”, said Sudevan.

“We have to take to other sources of energy before it is too late. We need to switch to renewable sources of energy and conserve non-renewable sources of energy. Reducing automobile emissions is also important”, he added.

He pointed out that 2017 had witnessed a pleasant summer as the state received ample showers.

“In 2017, the state received lots of summer showers and the transition was smooth. In 2018 also, we are most likely to receive good summer showers and that should definitely make things better. Compared to the rest of the country, Kerala will be better off”, said Sudevan.