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  • Published
    2nd Mar, 2023

Context:

  • The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has recently mentioned that February 2023, had been the warmest since 1901 with the average maximum temperature at nearly 54°C.

 

Abnormal temperatures:

  • The usual temperature range: While February is considered to be a ‘spring’ and a ‘winter month’ by the IMD and usually posts temperatures in the low 20s.
  • The recorded highs: Average maximum temperatures were 1.73°C above normal and minimum, 0.81°C above what is usual.
  • Approaching summers: Heatwaves during March-May are likely to spread over most parts of India, except for the north-east, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala and coastal Karnataka.
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