In its summer forecast for the year 2017, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted above normal temperature across the country. This follows 2016, which was recorded as the hottest year since 1901.
According to the IMD, several states are likely to witness heat wave conditions with the northwest region of the country likely to be worst affected. The temperatures are tipped to rise more than one degree Celsius above normal, especially in the months of March to May.
“Above normal temperatures up to one degree Celsius are likely to prevail over all meteorological sub-divisions of the country, except the northwest India where temperatures are likely to be more than 1 degree Celsius above normal,” the IMD said.
The IMD also said that deviation from the normal temperature would reduce progressively while moving towards the southern regions of the country.
The above normal conditions are likely to impact the states of Delhi, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Odisha and Telangana.
The core heatwave region also includes Marathwada, central Maharashtra and Vidarbha regions of Maharashtra and coastal state of Andhra Pradesh.
Last year, more than 1,600 people died due to extreme climate conditions. Of them, 700 died due to heatwave conditions. This included over 400 deaths in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. This January has been recorded as the eighth warmest since 1901.
“The country averaged monthly mean temperature during January 2017 was also significantly above normal with anomalies of 0.67 degree Celsius, which is the warmest ever since 1901,” the IMD said.