Mercury rising in Punjab and Haryana
With climate change a real concern, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has found that, since 1980, temperatures have been increasing in Punjab and Haryana while there is a decrease in rainfall in both states. The findings are based on the analysis of quantified data,collected over a 30 year period, from 1980 to 2010.
The data shows that in Punjab, there is a rise of 0.3 degrees Celsius to 0.9 degrees Celsius in maximum temperature and a 0.3 degrees Celsius to 1.2 degrees Celsius increase in minimum temperature over the last 30 years. In Haryana, there is a rise of 0.3 to 0.6 degrees Celsius in maximum temperature with no significant change in the minimum during the same period.