Asia Minute: India’s Capital Struggles with Record Heat

Jun 11, 2019

Hyderabad seen from the Char Minar, the Nizam's Medical College to the left and the Mecca Masjid to the right | 2007
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Summer doesn't officially arrive until the end of next week, but weather patterns have been warmer lately around much of the state. But it's nothing like the heat wave that is sweeping much of India.


India’s national capital started the business week with its hottest temperature on record for a day in June — 48℃. That’s more than 118℉.

New Delhi’s weather is never comfortable at this time of year, weather officials say April to June is the hottest season before the monsoon rains. The average high temperature for June in the capital city is more than a hundred degrees Fahrenheit.

But recent days have been more extreme than usual. Last week, parts of India topped 50℃ — 122℉.

Dangerous heat has hit northern and central India particularly hard. The India Meteorological Department calls it a “severe” heat wave at 47℃ for 2 days in a row — more than 116℉.

The state of Rajasthan has had temperatures topping 118 degrees for days.

The Times of India reports armed police have been escorting water tankers in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh following recent violent clashes over water.

Monsoon rains have been later than usual for much of the country — although they’ve now arrived in the south and the west.

Forecasters say the rains should start to reach New Delhi sometime in early July