Delhi is poised to welcome March with a splash, as forecasts predict rainfall on the 1st and 2nd, with lingering effects into the 3rd.
This shift follows a period of rising temperatures, with highs nearing 28°C and lows in the low teens, reminiscent of February's warmth.
What to expect?
As spring approaches, temperatures are expected to gradually climb, reaching mid-30s by month's end.
However, an incoming western disturbance promises a cool reprieve, bringing showers and possibly hailstorms to the region. Despite the transitional weather, Delhiites can enjoy the tail end of winter's chill before the onset of warmer days.
Bengaluru is facing a severe water shortage, causing residents to struggle with daily water needs, especially before the summer peak.
The city, with a population of 1.3 crores, began a 24-hour water cut on February 27 due to maintenance work by BWSSB.
Many rely on borewells and water tankers, but with borewells drying up and tanker prices soaring from ₹400-600 to over ₹2000 for 1000 liters, the crisis has deepened.
What do the residents want?
Residents are calling for regulated water tanker prices and the adoption of sustainable water management practices to address the recurring water scarcity issues in India's tech hub.
The BBMP has allocated ₹131 crore to drill new borewells and fix existing ones. Amidst calls for capping tanker prices and improving water management, Bengaluru seeks long-term solutions to its recurring water crises, emphasizing the need for sustainable practices and better regulations.
Northwest India, which has seen little winter rain, and the Western Himalayas, where snowfall was delayed, are about to experience a significant weather shift.
Starting in March, regions including Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, parts of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha, and Uttar Pradesh will witness substantial rain and thundershowers from March 1st to 3rd.
Weather this week
The Western Himalayas are not left behind, expecting their first rain and snowfall of light to moderate intensity on February 26th and 27th.
A more intense spell from March 1st to 4th will bring moderate to heavy snowfall in many areas. Prepare for a wet start to March in North and Central India and a snowy period in the hills, necessitating warm clothing and umbrellas.
Severe weather is not only in the background, but also the main subject of many Indian movies
Severe weather events can turn lives upside down, leaving a lasting imprint. Many of these occurrences find their way onto the silver screen. Let's take a closer look at a few of them!
Jude Anthany Joseph's movie is about the devastating 2018 Kerala Floods. It shows how people from different backgrounds came together to survive the disaster.
Kedarnath (2018), directed by Abhishek Kapoor, is a romantic drama set against the backdrop of the devastating Uttarakhand floods, focusing on the resilience of love amidst the chaos and destruction.
"Whispers of a Storm," produced by Amartya Bhattacharyya, is a story set in the cyclone-ravaged coastal villages of Odisha, a region often battered by cyclones. It follows a photographer driven by ambition, who captures the aftermath of Cyclone Fani (2019), one of the most powerful cyclones in South Asia's history.
The India Meteorological Department released a documentary film on Cyclone Warning and Management in India: An End to End System. It shows how India has leapfrogged in predicting cyclones and storms accurately and timely.
Do you know of other movies set against the backdrop of a severe weather event? Share it with us, write to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Maharashtra, including Pune, faces a critical drinking water shortage this summer due to last year's poor monsoon, resulting in a drastic reduction in water levels in the state's 2,994 dams.
From a comfortable 80.94% at the end of January 2023, water storage has plummeted to just 55.09%. The situation is particularly alarming at the Ujani dam, now at its dead stock level, signaling the severity of the crisis.
Which parts face severe shortage?
Dams in the Aurangabad and Pune regions are among the hardest hit, with storage levels at critically low percentages.
The scarcity has significantly increased reliance on water tankers, with 456 villages and 1,087 hamlets currently dependent on 559 government and private tankers for water supply—a stark contrast to the minimal tanker usage just a year ago.