India is Reeling Under Heat Waves, Temperatures Break Records

Published on: 02 May 2022
by KnowESG

India has recorded the highest average temperatures in April. The heat is likely to continue into May. Most parts of the country are experiencing heat waves and water shortages, with reservoirs drying up. Wildfires are rife in national parks and wildlife sanctuaries across the country.

Extreme heatwaves have hit India and Pakistan this year, causing pavements to melt, schools to close, and health and fire alarms to be issued.

The Director-General of the Indian Meteorological Department informed reporters that the average maximum temperatures in the northwest and central India were 35.9 and 37.78 degrees Celsius (96.6 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit) correspondingly in April.

Mrutyunjay Mohapatra stated that the numbers were the highest since it began collecting records 122 years ago.

Scientists have warned that the early arrival of a severe summer is linked to climate change, putting more than a billion people in the region in danger of heat-related consequences.

Pakistan has gone from winter to summer without a spring season for the first time in decades, according to Sherry Rehman, Pakistan's Federal Minister for Climate Change.

Source: Reuters