Most parts of India are likely to witness severe heat wave conditions during this year. Meteorological Department has issued a warning to the people that even summer resorts in the country will also feel heat waves this time. Mumbai is already feeling the heat. Day temperatures is touching around 37degrees on an average making life uncomfortable. However, the night temperature is coming down drastically to provide some solace to the people in the maximum city. We hope that the mercury level will drop down in a couple of days to make it a better place for living comparing to other parts of the country. The rise in mercury levels will impact agriculture sector and that is a bad news for farmers. It will also affect yields of the standing wheat crop as per the survey of agriculture scientists. North India feels the heat very much as Central India temperatures regularly touch above 40 degrees during summer months. The country faced two back to back droughts in 2014 and 2015 and normal monsoon rains in the year 2016 brought some relief from heat and water problem. The southern India including Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu had received poor rains and had declared drought in 2016. The scenario is likely to be no different this year.
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