Odisha govt declares early summer vacation for all schools from April 18

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government on Tuesday declared summer vacation for all schools from April 18 in view of the prevailing heat wave across the state.

“I am directed to say that in view of the prevailing heat condition in the state, it has been decided by the government to pre-pone and start the summer vacation from 18th April, 2019. It is, therefore, requested to kindly take necessary steps accordingly,” said OSD-cum-Joint Commissioner, Relief, Pravat Ranjan Mohapatra in a letter to the Principal Secretary of School & Mass Education Department.

According to sources, the state government had earlier decided to declare the summer vacation from May 6, however, it changed its decision today as the temperature is hovering over 40 degree Celsius in several places in the state.

The SRC in a Facebook post gave the following analysis  of heatwave conditions over Odisha

Analysis of max temp During the last 3 days (12th-14th April, 2019)

Observations:
• Increase of max temperature in many stations.
• 11 stations have crossed 400C of the max temp on 14.04.2019.
C. 5-Day forecast of Maximum Temperature value (based on IMD model)

Forecast: Based on IMD model forecast, the maximum temperature value in most of the districts of Odisha is likely to cross 400C.

During the next 5 days(16th to 20th April, 2019).
D. RIMES Forecast on Heat conditions (16th-20th April, 2019)

As per the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (RIMES) forecast, the maximum temperature is likely to rise above normal by 2-30 C during the next 2 days and slightly decrease thereafter.

E. Seasonal Outlook for the Temperatures from April to June, 2019 by IMD

➢ There is about 44% probability of maximum temperatures in the core heat wave (HW) zone during April to June 2019 to be above normal. Core HW zone covers states of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Odisha and Telangana and meteorological subdivisions of Marathawada, Vidharbha, Madhya Maharashtra and coastal Andhra Pradesh.

This, in turn, suggests that above normal heat wave conditions are likely in the core HW zone during the season.

➢ The season averaged maximum temperatures are likely to be warmer than normal by ≥0.50 C to <10 C over Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi (HCD), west &east Uttar Pradesh, west & east Rajasthan, west & east Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Gujarat, Madhya Maharashtra, Vidharbha, Marathawada, Coastal Karnataka, North Interior Karnataka, Rayalaseema and Telangana. Subdivisions from rest of the country are likely to experience near normal maximum temperatures (Departure from normal between -0.50 C and 0.50 C).

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