Statement on climate of India during 2018

The year 2018 was the sixth warmest year on record in India since it commenced keeping nation-wide records of weather events in 1901, said India Meteorological Department (IMD)while noting that the country had lost over 1,400 lives in extreme weather events last year. Highlighting that the average temperature over India during 2018 was “significantly above normal”, the national weather forecaster said annual mean surface air temperature (averaged over the country) during the year was 0.41°C above (1981-2010) average.

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