Heatwave from hell: Temperatures of (118F) sweep through India, killing 540 so far – and there’s no reprieve in sight

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India is sweltering under a heatwave which has seen temperatures soar to 118F and left more than 500 dead.

And the intense heat which has gripped northern and southern parts of the country looks set to continue this week, officials said today.

The hottest place in India was Allahabad, a city in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, which saw mercury rise to 47.7 degrees Celsius (117.8 Fahrenheit) on Sunday, while the capital Delhi recorded a high of 43.5C (110.3F).

Most of the 539 recorded deaths have been of construction workers, the elderly or the homeless in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana where temperatures have been hottest, said officials, but some deaths have also occurred in Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal.

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1 thought on “Heatwave from hell: Temperatures of (118F) sweep through India, killing 540 so far – and there’s no reprieve in sight”

  1. The poor man’s air conditioner is basements. A basement at a sublevel (below ground) should be around 52 degrees F. which may bring relief from the heat. But there is no guarantee of this temperature.
    The problem is likely the humidity as well.
    The obvious government answer is to reverse everyone’s work schedule so that all work is performed from Midnight to 6 in the morning.
    Then have emergency shelters that are kept at reasonable temperatures for India and plenty of free water that is useable.
    Oxygen levels need to be checked regularly to insure that people do not drown in the surrounding heat.
    Water brought up from underground can help also.
    It is a matter of time before the rains bring the temperatures down to level that everyone can use.
    In the meantime, I suggest staying out of the heat as much as possible in the daylight hours and working nights instead at government direction.

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