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NEW DELHI, May 3 2023 (TBINN)

India will launch its own composite index next year to quantify the impact of heat on its population and generate impact-based heat wave alerts for specific locations, the India Meteorological Department (I.M.D.) has said.

The I.M.D. began issuing an experimental heat index for different parts of the country last week, taking into account air temperature and relative humidity to determine how hot it really feels.

The heat index is an experimental product. It is not validated and we have mentioned that on the I.M.D.’s website too. We are coming up with our own system now, a multi-parameter product called heat hazard score. We hope that it will be better than the others, Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, Director-General of Meteorology, I.M.D., told the Press.

Along with temperature and humidity, it will integrate other parameters such as wind and duration of exposure. It will be an effective indicator of heat-stress for people, Mrutyunjay added.

Chief of I.M.D. also said the hazard score will be ready in around two months and it will be operational in the next Summer Season.

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