India Set up for Blistering Summer

March 1, 2023


India is likely to experience heat waves between March and May, especially in the key wheat producing central and northern states, the weather office said on Tuesday, as the country recorded its highest ever maximum temperature in February.

A heat-wave for the second straight year could dent production of wheat, rapeseed and chickpeas, and complicate governments efforts to bring down food inflation.

Higher temperatures could also lift power consumption above supplies during the summer season.

“Enhanced probability of occurrence of heat wave during March to May season is likely over many regions of Central and adjoining Northwest India,” the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a statement.

In March, the crucial month for the maturity of winter-sown crops, above normal maximum temperatures are likely over most parts of the country except peninsular India, it said.


2 Responses to “India Set up for Blistering Summer”

  1. jimbills Says:

    Keep South Africa on your radar. They’ve had electrical grid issues for years now, but it might be coming to a head this year where they have a complete grid failure requiring a full restart lasting weeks. They’ve been failing for decades to rebuild old power plants, plus, the country relies on over 80 percent coal as a source. They’re being squeezed by an aging and faltering grid plus rising energy costs:

    They hired a new energy minister a few weeks ago, who immediately adopted a very weak pro-renewables bill, but it’s likely too little, too late:

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