2010 warmest year since 1901: IMD

2010 was the warmest year since 1901, the India Meteorology Department (IMD) announced on Thursday.

Last Updated: Jan 13, 2011, 23:36 PM IST

New Delhi: 2010 was the warmest year since
1901, the India Meteorology Department (IMD) announced on Thursday.

The annual mean temperature for the country as a whole
was 25.8023 degrees Celsius during 2010 -- 0.93 degrees higher
than the average for the 30-year period from 1961.

The pre-monsoon season between March and May last year
was the hottest time with mean temperatures remaining 1.8
degrees Celsius above normal, said the Annual Climate Summary
of India during 2010.

IMD Director General Ajit Tyagi said an analysis has
also shown that the mean annual temperatures were generally
above normal throughout the country during the year, with the
departure from the normal being more pronounced in north and
central India.

The departures from the normal were more than one degree
Celsius over most parts of northern and central India, while
they were between zero and one degree over the rest of the
country.

The mean monthly temperature for the country as a whole
for March was 2.27 degrees Celsius above the 1961-90 average,
for April 2.02 degrees Celsius and for November 1.17 degrees
Celsius.

Tyagi said an analysis of decadal variations in
temperatures showed that the 2001-2010 period has been the
warmest decade with a temperature anomaly of 0.40 degrees
Celsius.

The annual total rainfall for the country as a whole was
normal during the year 2010 with actual rainfall of 121.5 cm
against the long period average of 119.7 cm.

PTI