Early heat in India signals a scorching summer
During the summer months in India, hot occurs frequently across much of the country, before the rainy season rolls in to cool temperatures. However, the heat wave has shown signs of appearing earlier and more acute in the past decade, causing hundreds of heat-stroke and dehydration-related deaths each year.
This is the first time in 72 years the Indian capital has recorded a temperature as high as 42.6°C in the first half of April, the New Delhi Weather Department said earlier this week.
Under the scorching heat, the trees or the street vendors are ideal stops.
This year, the hot weather has appeared unusually early, causing many fears for the Indian people. People are advised to wear sunscreen, hats and sunglasses when going out.
Climate change causes global temperatures to rise, urbanization and reduced tree density are the main causes of early summer heat. In 2015, a record heat wave claimed the lives of more than 2,000 Indians. The United Nations has warned that extreme heatwaves will increase in South Asia and could claim hundreds of lives, with heatstroke and dehydration the leading cause.
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