New Delhi: The India Meteorological Department said on Friday that the year 2021 was the fifth warmest year in India since 1901, with the country’s annual mean air temperature recording 0.44 degrees Celsius above normal.
It said that 1,750 people have died in the country during the year due to extreme weather events like floods, cyclonic storms, heavy rains, landslides, lightning.
The Meteorological Department’s Annual Climate Statement, 2021 states, “The year 2021 was the fifth warmest year after 1901, after 2016, 2009, 2017 and 2010. The annual mean air temperature for the country was 0.44 °C above normal. Gone.”
“The warmer temperatures during winter and the post-monsoon season mainly contributed to this,” it said, adding that in 2016, the annual mean air temperature for the country was 0.710 degrees Celsius above normal. It was 0.550 °C and 0.541 °C above the mean temperature in 2009 and 2017 respectively.
In 2010, the annual mean air temperature was 0.539 degrees Celsius above normal, it said.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that thunderstorms and lightning reportedly killed 787 people in India in 2021, while 759 people died in incidents related to heavy rains and floods that year.
The cyclonic storm claimed 172 lives and other extreme weather events led to the death of 32 others, the statement said.
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