India, Sept. 10 -- August recorded its lowest rainfall in the past 19 years since 2002 with a deficiency of 24% over the long period average according to India Meteorological Department.

The average maximum temperature was the third-highest during the 1901-2021 period; the average minimum temperature was the eighth-highest and mean temperature was also the third-highest. The average maximum, average minimum and mean temperature for the country during August was 31.75 degrees Celsius, 24.39 degrees Celsius and 28.07 degrees Celsius respectively against the normal of 31.09 degrees Celsius, 24.01 degrees Celsius and 27.55 degrees Celsius based on the average for 1981-2010 period.

The average maximum temperature over central India recorded ...