New Delhi: In a first, the India
Meteorological Department (IMD) will issue winter forecast and
cold wave alerts for the season from this year.
The forecast will be be issued for the December, January
"By November end this year we will be issuing winter
forecast for the season," IMD Director General K J Ramesh
The IMD has been issuing monsoon forecast for over 25
years now. This will be for the first time that the MET
department will be issuing forecast for the winter season. It
started forecasting warnings of "severe to very severe"
heatwaves during the summer season this year.
IMD said that the forecast proved to be useful for people
as such extreme heat wave advisories were issued well in
Like summer, winter too is very harsh in several parts of
India, including northern states and the gangetic belt,
claiming human lives every year.
"Like the summer forecast where above normal temperature
was important, the winter forecast will give a general outlay
on whether the temperatures in the cold season will be 'above
normal' or 'below normal'.
"We will be specifying which pockets are likely to expect
below normal temperatures," Ramesh said.
Like the summer forecast, the winter forecast too will
issue cold wave alerts, which will be updated at regular