Record high of 49.9°C reported in Delhi suburbs

Fire fighters try to douse a fire in a shop near a landfill site on a hot summer day during a heatwave in New Delhi, India, May 27, 2024. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Temperatures in India’s capital have soared to a record-high 49.9°C as authorities warn of water shortages in the sprawling mega-city.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD), which reported “severe heat-wave conditions”, recorded the temperatures on Tuesday at two Delhi suburbs stations at Narela and Mungeshpur.

The weather bureau said the temperatures were 9°C higher than expected.

Forecasters were predicting similar temperatures yesterday in the city of more than 30 million people, issuing a red alert warning notice for people to take care.

In May 2022, parts of Delhi hit 49.2°C, Indian media reported at the time.

Years of scientific research have found climate change is causing heatwaves to become longer, more frequent and more intense. — AFP

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