New Delhi, Sept. 11 -- August recorded the lowest rainfall in the past 19 years since 2002 with a deficiency of 24% over the long period average (LPA) according to India Meteorological Department. The average maximum temperature in August 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.

HT had reported last month that July 2021 was the sixth warmest July on record with a mean temperature of 28.52 degrees Celsius, 0.55 degree C above normal and the third warmest July considering minimum temperatures at 24.88 degrees C, 0.56 degree C above normal.

The average maximum, average minimum and mean temperature for the country as a whole durin...