Indian heat wave hits 50 degrees Celsius — shaping up to be India’s hottest summer ever
- The heatwave in India has been classified as ‘severe’ by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).
- In Churu, temperatures were recorded at 50.8 degrees Celsius — the highest this season.
- India’s apex weather agency also reports that the heat wave is likely to continue for another 2 days — so arm yourself with plenty of water and shade.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) reports that these high temperatures are going to continue bearing down on Northwestern and Central parts of the country for the next two days.
Source: Indian Meteorological Department
|State||Heat wave severity|
|Jammu and Kashmir||Heat wave in isolated pockets|
|Himachal Pradesh||Heat wave in isolated pockets|
|Punjab||Heat wave in isolated pockets|
|Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi||Heat wave in isolated pockets|
|Uttar Pradesh||Heat wave in isolated pockets|
|Rajasthan||Severe heat wave|
|Vibardha||Heat wave, Severe heat wave in pockets|
|Saurashtra, Kutch||Heat wave in isolated pockets|
|Marathwada||Heat wave in isolated pockets|
The last time temperatures got this high was in 2016, when Phalodi, a region in the Indian state of Rajasthan, recorded a temperature of 51 degrees Celsius. So far, Churu — another region in Rajasthan — has touched 50.8 degrees Celsius according to IMD’s data.
India’s apex weather agency also points out that maximum temperatures in most of the places affected by the heat wave are at least 5.1 degrees Celsius above what the department considers ‘normal’.
The rest of India might not necessarily be facing a heat wave, but even their temperatures are more than 1.6 degrees Celsius above normal.
Killing off your cells
High temperatures cause the body’s core temperature to rise and everything inside starts to break down — for instance the gut will start to leak toxins into the body. If the core body temperature is anything beyond 40 degrees Celsius, then the result can be fatal as enzymes begin to get damaged.
Heat illness and heat stroke are highly likely outcomes if one ends up staying in the sun for too long. One casualty has already been reported in India due to the incredibility high temperatures.
It’s not just a heatwave — it’s a ‘severe’ heatwave
Anytime temperatures breach the 40 degrees Celsius mark, IMD classifies it as a ‘heat wave’ — at least in the plains. The temperature ceilings differ from terrain to terrain.
During a heat wave people are advised to stay hydrated, stay out of the sun and keep a check on people vulnerable to extended exposure to the sun — like infants and elders.
In the plains, going beyond the 47 degrees Celsius means that it’s not just a heat wave but a ‘severe’ heat wave. According to IMD’s assessment of impact, it’s not just vulnerable people that need to keep an eye out — but every single person regardless of age and health issues.
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