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- In Rajya sabha, Union minister of Earth sciences, Kiren Rijiju informed that a head index on experimental basis is released by India Meteorological Department (IMD).
- It will provide general guidance for the warmer regions of India where high temperature is causing discomfort for the people
- This index is developed on the lines of the heat index equation used by National Weather Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), USA.
- For Bhubaneshwar and Ahmedabad heat index is created under Heat Action Plan which is being done under project mode by National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
- Many local agencies like Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH) are helping NDMA for this.
- For entire country the heat index will be issued every day in weather bulletins.
- It will help people in understanding the impact of humidity on the high temperatures.
- The information provided by this index could be utilized to identify the heat implications to humans and to understand temperature ranges which are causing discomfort.
- It will also help in guiding people to take additional care in order to reduce the discomfort.
- It will provide day's minimum and maximum temperatures and also will inform what the existing temperature feels like.
- It will utilize air temperature and relative humidity data.
- However it is experimental and there is a need to change and validate this according to the Indian conditions.
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Heat Index color coding
- Green - Experimental heat Index less than 35 deg C.
- Yellow - Experimental heat Index in the range of 36-45 deg C.
- Orange - Experimental heat Index in the range of 46-55 deg
- Red - Experimental heat Index greater than 55 deg C.
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India Meteorological Department (IMD)
Consider the following statements about recently launched Heat Index in India:
1. This index is released by National Institute of Ocean Technology on an experimental basis.
2. Orange color code refers to a situation where the experimental heat Index is in the range of 36-45 deg C.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both 1 and 2
D. Neither 1 nor 2