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Published on : Friday, December 25, 2015
Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) was providing the information on its website comprising of observed maximum temperature, minimum temperature, their departure from normal, 24-hour rainfall, sky condition and sunset/sunrise, moonset/moonrise timings alongwith 5-day weather forecasts of temperature, rainfall and warnings to 221 cities across the country till last year. Information on extreme weather events in the month alongwith all-time records, climatological data about mean daily maximum, minimum temperature, total rainfall, number of rainy days and mean number of days with hail, thunder, fog and squall etc. was also being provided. The above service has now been extended to 325 cities and its validity has also been extended from 5 days to 7 days. These cities include 106 tourist destinations across the country for which 7-day forecast is being issued twice a day. The information is posted on IMD website.
In addition, to expand the dissemination of the weather forecasts to tourists, the information regarding the prevailing weather and the forecast of various cities, is also provided on toll free number 1800 180 1717 through Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS). IMD has also developed a mobile App called “Indian Weather” by which initially, current weather and 4-days forecast for 220 cities was being provided. At present 80 additional cities have been added with Graphical User Interface (GUI) totally re-designed for better navigation.
IMD has also commenced ‘nowcast’ for extreme weather events like thunderstorm (3-hours validity) for 147 stations in the country. IMD is also issuing special forecasts for pilgrims of Char-Dham yatra, Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra, Sri Amarnathji Yatra and Kumbh Mela. IMD has recently started weather information for Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine comprising of (i) Yatra Route Weather Advisory, (ii) current observations, (iii) 6-hourly low level wind and temperature forecasts for helicopter operation; and (iv) 3-day forecasts & warnings for Jammu Division. Similar service is also being expanded to various other pilgrim/tourist destinations across the country with a focussed effort for Himalayan region and Severe Weather Warnings through various schemes.
Recently, highway forecasts have also been started by India Meteorological Department in the states of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamilnadu and Pudducherry. This service will be expanded to other States also.
This information was given by Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.