Last December was the hottest in India in 122 years, breaking previous records for maximum temperature
All country average maximum, minimum and mean temperatures during December 2022 were 27.32 °C, 15.65 °C and 21.49 °C respectively, while the normal temperatures were 26.53 °C, 14.44 °C and 20.49 °C.
The India Meteorological Department said that India will record its warmest December in 2022 in 122 years. A tremendous increase was recorded in all three highest temperatures, minimum temperature and the average temperature in the country in December. According to the reports of the Meteorological Department, the average maximum, minimum and mean temperature across the country during December 2022 were 27.32 °C, 15.65 °C and 21.49 °C respectively, while the normal temperature was 26.53 °C, 14.44 °C and 20.49 °C. . Climate experts and meteorologists said such records are to be expected in the context of the climate crisis.
The average maximum, minimum and mean temperatures were above normal by 0.79°C, 1.21°C and 1.00°C, respectively. The all-India average maximum temperature during December was the second highest since 2016 and the average minimum temperature was also the second highest since 2008. The average temperature was the highest.
East, Northeast and Central India recorded exceptionally high temperatures in December. In East and Northeast India, the mean maximum temperature was the highest in 122 years at 25.85 °C. The average minimum temperature was the third highest (12.37 °C) after the years 2008 (12.70 °C) and 1958 (12.47 °C). The average temperature was also the highest at 19.11 degrees Celsius.
The mean maximum temperature was the sixth highest (29.49 °C) in central India. The average minimum temperature was the second highest (15.88 °C) after the year 1967 (16.50 °C). The average temperature was the highest at 22.69 degrees Celsius. The mean maximum temperature was the fifth highest and the mean minimum temperature was the third highest in south peninsular India.
The countrywide rainfall in December was 13.6 mm, which was 14% less than the Long Period Average (LPA) of 15.9 mm. Northwest India was rain deficient by 83%, central India by 77%, east and northeast India by 53% and peninsular India by 79%.