Hot weather could affect India’s food security
Climate change is causing a rise in global temperatures and India is among the most vulnerable countries when it comes to extreme weather events. The country recorded its hottest February this year since 1901. On the other hand, in the month of March, North India witnessed several batches of unseasonal rains, thunderstorms, interspersed with dry days and high daytime temperatures. Scientifc studies indicate that such extreme weather events are likely to become more frequent or more intense with human-induced climate change.
Between March and April 2023, there is a high probability of heat waves and temperature is expected to be 3 to 5 degrees above normal, according to the National Weather Bureau. Heat waves can cause crop damage and reduce the production of the winter crop in the year 2023. An abnormal increase in temperatures will further impact fruits, vegetables, animals and people in states especially in the northern region.