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India sees hottest February ever with more pain ahead

India sees hottest February ever with more pain ahead

India sees hottest February ever with more pain ahead

India sees hottest February ever with more pain ahead

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  • India is projected to have its hottest summer since 1901.
  • With an increased probability of heatwaves between March and May.
  • Which could affect the yield of wheat, energy consumption, and health.
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The country is projected to have the hottest summer since 1901 after experiencing its hottest February, according to India‘s weather agency.

Since India began collecting accurate weather data, February’s average maximum temperature of 29.5C was a record high.

The “increased probability” of heatwaves between March and May has also been predicted by the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

The yield of wheat may be impacted, and the need for electricity may increase.

The IMD stated in a statement on Tuesday that “above normal maximum temperatures are predicted over the majority of northeast India, east and central India, and some sections of northwest India” from March to May.

The warning comes days after the weather service in western India issued and later revoked its first heatwave advisory of the year due to better conditions.

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India frequently experiences hot summers and heat waves, particularly in May and June.

Yet like previous year, summer seemed destined to start sooner this year; India experienced the hottest March since 1901 last March.

Scientists have also said that India is currently seeing longer-lasting, more intense, and more frequent heatwaves.

Last year, after unusually hot weather harmed the crop and drove up local prices, India was compelled to impose a ban on wheat exports.

The federal government established a committee in February to keep track of how this year’s harvest is being impacted by the high temperatures.

“The current crop situation appears promising,” a government official who had not been identified had reportedly told media at the time.

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India is the second-largest producer of wheat in the world.

The extremely high temperatures had also sparked a surge in energy consumption the previous year, which resulted in outages in numerous states.

According to media, electricity demand this year has already surpassed previous highs in recent weeks.

The impact of high heat on the poor, who frequently labor outside and have limited access to services that can help them stay cool, has also been a cause of concern for many experts.

“Serious health effects from heat waves are possible. Because the body doesn’t have time to rest when temperatures are high even at night, there is a greater probability of illness and higher medical costs “Last year, environmental scientist Dr. Chandni Singh told the media.

According to a study published last year in the medical journal The Lancet, India reported a 55% increase in mortality from high heat between 2000-2004 and 2017-2021.

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