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Warmer November likely, northeast monsoon to lash southern peninsula: IMD

India may have to wait a little longer for winter, as the weather service forecasted above-normal night temperatures for most of the nation in November on Tuesday. Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, Director General of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), said at a press conference here that least temperatures were expected to be above normal in most parts of the country during November.

Large parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand are also expected to have above-normal day temperatures, according to Mohapatra, effectively ruling out coldwave circumstances during the month.

“There could be cloudy conditions in the region as minimum temperatures are likely to be above normal. This would mean that coldwave conditions were less likely during November,” he said.

Winter in north India begins in mid-November, when minimum temperatures gradually fall to below 15 degrees Celsius and nights become chilly.

According to the long-term forecast for rainfall and temperature for November, Mohapatra predicted that south peninsular India would receive above-normal rainfall during the month as northeast monsoon showers drenched the region.

The long-term average rainfall for south peninsular India in November is 118.7 mm, with a margin of error of 23%.

According to Mohapatra, the northeast monsoon arrived in Tamil Nadu and surrounding areas on October 29, nearly a couple of weeks later than the normal onset date of October 15.

He added that the withdrawal of the southwest monsoon, which begins on September 15 in extreme west Rajasthan, had also been delayed in recent years.

According to Mohapatra, current sea surface temperatures and atmospheric conditions over the equatorial Pacific Ocean indicate La Nina conditions, which are expected to persist throughout the upcoming season.

Other factors, such as negative Indian Ocean Dipole conditions over the equatorial Indian Ocean, are expected to gradually weaken by the end of the year, he said.

Mohapatra stated that the weather office issued an extended range outlook for Cyclone Sitrang on October 13, nine days before the depression formed over the north Andaman Sea, and also predicted its landfall in Bangladesh four days in advance.

He stated that regular updates have been issued to Bangladesh since October 6, and that 23 special tropical weather outlooks and tropical cyclone advisories have been shared with the neighbouring country regarding the cyclonic storm’s formation.

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