India Reels Under Heat Wave With Temperatures Above 120 °F

An intense heat wave has hit India, with temperatures crossing 113 °F (45 °C) in many parts of the country. Over the last 24 hours, seven of the hottest 15 places on the planet were in India and neighboring Pakistan, according to weather website El Dorado on June 5.

In Churu, India, temperatures soared above 120 °F (50 °C) on Sunday. This year has been particularly hot from the northern plains to the Deccan plateau in the west and the south.

Nearly all of India remained under a heat wave warning on Wednesday, with severe warnings for a swath of north and central India, including the states of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

The extreme temperatures have been hardest on people who are homeless, who cannot find shelter from the unrelenting heat.

The heat wave is part of a trend of consistently rising temperatures in India, 11 of the 15 warmest years on record have all occurred since 2004.



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