India to witness extremely hot summer: IMD
The weather department also reported that 2016 was the warmest year in India since 1901 when records began.
Issuing a warning for warmer summer, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that the temperature would be "above normal" across the country this season, even as January was recorded as the eighth warmest in 116 years.
In its statement, IMD said, "Above normal temperatures up to one degree Celsius are likely to prevail over all meteorological sub-divisions of the country, except the northwest India where temperatures are likely to be more than 1 degree Celsius above normal."
Above normal conditions are likely over "core heatwave zone".Heat wave conditions are likely for Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Odisha, Telangana, parts of Maharashtra, and coastal Andhra Pradesh.
The weather department also reported that 2016 was the warmest year in India since 1901 when records began. Temperatures last year hovered almost 1° Celsius above the 1961-90 mean. The trend continued into the new with January 2017 being the hottest ever. Phalodi in Rajasthan recorded 51 degrees Celsius, the highest ever recorded in the country.
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.
"The country averaged monthly mean temperature during January 2017 was also significantly above normal with anomalies of 0.67 degree Celsius, which is the warmest ever since 1901," the IMD said.
Starting this summer, IMD will be releasing extended forecasts and five-day averaged forecasts for the next 15 days of heat wave conditions.