Heat Wave in India

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Last month we blogged about the heat in India and after an unusually warm March, a severe heat wave has hit northern and eastern India with temperatures across many states rising to 104-113F. India has four seasons: winter (January and February), summer (March to May), a monsoon rainy season (June to September), and a post-monsoon period (October to December). Temperatures across many cities have been well above average with New Delhi, the capital, recording a high of 106.8F on Sunday, which is the hottest they’ve seen this season. However, in India’s eastern state of Orissa, Sambhalpur recorded a high of 114F.

A Dehli resident carries a water cooler home as a severe heat wave hits the country. Image: AP

An All India Radio report says as many as 50 people have died in Uttar Pradesh over the past few days in fire incidents, which are on the rise due to the high temperatures. In Chhattisgarh, the heat has claimed the lives of three children in the Korba district over the past few days. Doctors have advised people to stay indoors, as many people have been reported becoming sick due to the heat and suffering from a heat stroke.

Image: oneindia

On top of the severe heat wave, some areas affected by the heat are also experiencing power outages and water shortages. This of course makes matters even worse. Last year, India suffered from one of its worst droughts. It doesn’t look like any relief is on the way at least for the next few days as hot and dry conditions will continue.

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