IMD: India to experience above-normal temperature from March to May
New Delhi, March 1: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that there will be a probability of heat waves between March and May across northern and central states. According to one of the senior scientist at IMD S.C. Bhan these predictions are made.
It is a stoking concern as the temperature will shoot up, the northern and central region will experience heat waves; the region producing India’s bulk of wheat. Last year the heat wave was intense and that lead to damaging of crops and further country’s power network.
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The IMD has predicted that the early onset of hot weather have raised a concern as it has already pushed electricity demand to record levels and led to the farm ministry setting up a panel to monitor the impact on the wheat crop.
Last year, the country suffered as March was hottest and the scorching sun damaged the grain harvest and forcing the government to curb exports.
The prediction made by IMD is going to be the hottest ever in 122 years. The average temperature in the month of February was 29.54 degree Celsius. Temperatures in the month of march will be quite crucial and will be at the vulnerable stage.
The heat condition could cut India's wheat production for a second straight year, hurting efforts to control local food costs. India is the second-biggest producer, just after China, less output may lead to a continuation of export curbs, keeping the global market tight.
- With inputs from agencies