India heatwave takes temperatures near record highs 熱浪襲擊印度 五十度高溫險破紀錄

Wed, Jun 12, 2019 - Page 14

Temperatures in an Indian desert city hit 50 degrees Celsius on Monday last week for the second time in three days as a deadly heat wave maintained its grip on the country.

The thermometer hit 50.3 in Churu in Rajasthan state, sending residents scrambling for shade to escape the searing sun.

On Saturday it reached 50.6 degrees Celsius, close to the country’s record of 51 degrees Celsius recorded in the Rajasthan city of Phalodi in May 2016.

Cities across northern India have been sweltering with temperatures above 47 Celsius.

A farmer died in Sikar district of Rajasthan on Sunday after suffering heatstroke. Other deaths have been reported.

The Indian Meteorological Department said the severe heat wave was likely to continue in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh states.

New Delhi and neighboring Uttar Pradesh state would also be affected by extreme weather, it said.

Temperatures fell to about 40 degrees Celsius in Delhi on Monday last week, but residents still complained of heat exhaustion.

“It’s really hot right now but what can we do? We still need to keep our business going. We need to be able to feed ourselves, so we have to stay open,” said market trader Laxmi Jagdish.

The annual monsoon — which normally brings much-needed rain to South Asia — was behind schedule.

Private forecaster Skymet has warned there will be less rain than average this year.

The Indian peninsula has seen a drastic change in rainfall patterns over the past decade, marked by frequent droughts, floods and sudden storms.

According to weather monitoring Web site El Dorado, out of the 15 hottest places in the world last week, 11 were in India and four in neighboring Pakistan.














天氣監測網站El Dorado的數據顯示,在過去一週內,世界上最熱的十五個地方中,有十一個在印度,四個在印度鄰國巴基斯坦。