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Last week of February was warmer than usual, says IMD

LiveMint logoLiveMint 03-03-2017 Prerna Kapoor

The last week of February was warmer than usual in many parts of the country with mean maximum temperatures 2-4 degrees Celsius above normal, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a bulletin on Friday.

From 23 February to 1 March, the mean maximum temperatures rose above normal by 2-4 degrees Celsius in parts of North India, including Punjab, Haryana and Delhi, parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, parts of western India, several regions of central India and also Kerala and Tamil Nadu in the south.

Mean maximum temperatures rose above normal by 4-6 degrees Celsius over some parts of Saurashtra and Kutch and isolated pockets of Himachal Pradesh, West Rajasthan and Gujarat.

Studies have shown the increase in mean maximum temperatures over the past couple of years is mainly on account of higher maximum temperatures rather than minimum temperatures. IMD’s March to May outlook for 2017 reflects the same trend.

“Our March to May summer outlook for 2017 has predicted that the overall warming for these coming months would be on account of rising maximum temperatures more than rising minimum temperatures,” said an IMD official, requesting anonymity.

Barring Jammu and Kashmir and parts of Himachal Pradesh, where the mean maximum temperatures were in the range of 10-24 degrees Celsius, in the rest of the country the mean maximum temperatures were in the range of 24-40 degrees Celsius during the last week of February.

Mean maximum temperatures were as high as 36 to 40 degrees Celsius in many parts of north interior Karnataka, Rayalaseema, some parts of Madhya Maharashtra, Marathwada, Telangana, south interior Karnataka and isolated pockets of Gujarat, Odisha and Tamil Nadu.

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