Summer may start from March 1: Met


Though a western disturbance in north India, which triggered a rise in the mercury over the last few days, has passed over, the temperature is likely to continue to hover around 34-35C with summer set to saunter in only around the weekend.
Explaining the current weather pattern, K V Singh, director, meteorological centre, Altinho, said on Monday, "There is no low pressure system at present, but the maximum temperature is likely to hover around 34-35C. Summer is likely to start from March 1."
He added that the western disturbance caused a change in the wind direction which led to the temperature rise.
From 33.5C on Friday, February 22, the mercury rose to 34.2C on Saturday and 34.5C on Sunday. On Monday, the maximum temperature slid slightly to 34C.
The same is still two more degrees above normal for this time of year. Singh stressed that the temperature will remain above normal over the next few days.
Interestingly, February has been witnessing an unusual rise and slide of the mercury. The afternoon of February 14 appeared to have kept its hot date with Valentine's Day with the mercury soaring to 36.5C. The Met department had recorded this temperature on February 27 last year-the hottest day of 2012. The actual summer season in 2012, in fact, saw the hottest temperature at only 36.3 degrees Celsius, on April 22. This temperature repeated on October 19 and 27, 2012.
February has so far also seen the mercury plunge drastically just four days after its scorching 36.5 degrees Celsius. On February 18, the mercury dropped to 17.2 degrees Celsius-the lowest of the 2012-13 winter season. The Met department had recorded 17.8 degrees Celsius on November 18, 2012. [TOI]