New Delhi: Brace for a warmer summer ahead with the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicting “above normal” temperature across the country this season, even as January was recorded as the eighth warmest in 116 years.
The IMD said that several states are likely to witness heatwave conditions and that the northwest region of the country would be the worst affected with temperatures of more than one degree Celsius above normal.
In the rest of the country, temperatures are likely to be a degree Celsius above normal.
This includes Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, 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.
2016 has been recorded as the hottest year since 1901.
Notably, 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.