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Killer Heat: What’s Behind India’s Unprecedented Heatwave In March-April???

“Its just April but the rising temperatures induced by global warming are at unprecedented levels. The heat this year is breaking all the previous records. The soaring mercury is making it impossible to step out of the house after 10 AM in the morning. According to the weather department, India recorded the hottest march this year in the last 122 years. The last time India witnessed mArch as hot as this it was 1901. If March was hottest and driest, April was sizzling. But if you think the month of May will bring any respite, you are in for some bad news. Currently, India is experience severe heatwave in many parts of the country and they are only going to get worse.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has noted that, the heatwave conditions are all set to return in the central and northwest regions of India, this week. The temperature during the daytime in places like Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar and Odisha is set to rise gradually by 2 to 3 degrees and would prevail till April 28. The maximum temperature will range between 40 to 42 degrees Celsius during the weekend and the heat has already set in over Kutch-Saurashtra. On Sunday, some of the country’s hottest areas were in the northwest regions.

The maximum temperature (in degrees Celsius) recorded in Barmer-Rajasthan was 42.7 degrees, Kanpur in UP was 42.6 degrees, Banda in Uttar Pradesh was 44 degrees, while Gurgaon and Delhi recorded 41.4 degrees Celsius each.

In Delhi, the mercury is likely to touch the 44-degree mark by Thursday. Delhi has recorded eight heatwave days in April this year which is the maximum since the 11 such days that were witnessed in the month of 2010.

As I said, in such a heat it has become difficult for people to work outside.

However, those who two square meal depends upon the daily wage are finding it difficult to cope with the extreme weather condition. Arti Ghargi explains.

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