ALLAHABAD: Sanjeev Upadhaya arrived in the city on Thursday from Hyderabad. Expecting a chilly weather, Sanjeev’s luggage was stacked with woollen clothes. However, much to his surprise, the Hyderabad native found the weather here quite warm and rued carrying so many woollen clothes.
The sudden rise in temperatures has baffled many. Just a fortnight ago, the north India was reeling under severe cold wave, with temperatures hovering between 0 and three degrees. And now, the day temperature is touching 30 degrees Celsius. This, when January is not yet over.
The unusual rise in the mercury indicates towards a changing global phenomenon — shirking winters and expanding summers.
Climate expert Prof S S Ojha says it’s a global phenomenon which has vast implications. “The global temperature is rising at the rate of 0.2 degree Celsius every year resulting into melting of ice at an average rate of 0.18 meter. If this is not checked, the sea level, within the next 100 years, would rise to 0.59 meter. As a result, many low lying island countries may perish,” says Ojha.