India Recorded The Hottest February Since 1901

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Since 1901, India recorded its hottest February in 2023, as reported by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). The highest average maximum temperature in the nation was 29.54 degrees Celsius. The country’s warmest day was February 19th. Prior to this year, the month of February 2016 had the highest temperature, which was 29.48 degrees Celsius. In India, the last 14 years have seen the five hottest Februaries, illustrating the effects of the climate catastrophe.

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Why does this happen?

The main reason behind this is the lack of winter rain, clear skies, and anticyclones. This February, rainfall across the country was 68 percent below average. In northwest India, there was a rainfall deficit of over 75 percent. The less rainfall in February was because of the reduced frequency of western disturbances. The other possible cause is climate change, which affects temperature year-round.

The Health Ministry has previously warned that the country might face increasingly regular heat waves since the average temperatures have been rising even during the rainy season. The government mandated that “heat-related health action plans” be implemented by health departments around the country.

Why is this problematic?

Heat waves are frequent in India, but the IMD predicts an “increased chance” of heat waves between March and May. Above-normal maximum temperatures are expected for much of northeast India, east and central India, and some sections of northwest India during the next hot weather season of March to May. Mountainous provinces, like Himachal Pradesh, also felt the brunt of the recurrent heat waves along with the 15 states of the country.

As a result, the government was compelled to impose a restriction on wheat exports, which raised the domestic price of wheat. The exceptionally high temperatures will cause an increase in electricity consumption. People with a lack of access and resources will suffer the most. Heat waves can have detrimental health effects. The high temperatures, even at night, do not let the body some time to recover and eventually lead to heat-linked problems.

According to research published last year in the medical journal The Lancet, India reported a 55% increase in mortality due to high heat between 2000-2004 and 2017-2021. So the fact that India recorded its hottest February is not a good sign for the people living in India.

 

 

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