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March 16, 2010 / Dave Gorham

Indian Heat Starting Early

As warm, dry air blows in from the deserts of western Asia, cloud-free days across northern India are warming into the first heat wave of the season. Temperatures over 100F were recorded in many areas yesterday and the next few days look equally warm — if not more so. As noted on satellite imagery below, the southern third of India is under the jet stream, with clouds, showers and thunderstorms. Elsewhere, mostly clear skies and warm/hot temperatures should continue into early next week. In addition, Saturday is the first day of spring, indicating the return of the sun to the Northern Hemisphere. Not only will the sun’s rays be more direct, but the days are growing longer — allowing more sun and more heat to reach interior India.

High pressure over Kashmir and sunny skies over northern India allow the temperatures to climb. Image: ImpactWeather Gmaps 2.0

Agra Fort near Rajasthan. Photo: Jorgen Knudsen.

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