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Mercury at Churu city in Rajasthan was at 50.3 degree Celsius on Monday (May 3, 2019), highest since 1956, according to a list released on El Dorado Weather website.
Eleven Indian cities of the northern and central parts of India were in the list of 15 hottest places in the world.
Other cities that witnessed the highest maximum temperature included Ganganagar, Phalodi, Bikaner, Kota Aerodrome, Pilani, Barmer, Sawai Madhopur and Jaisalmer in Rajasthan; Nowgong in Madhya Pradesh; Narnaul in Haryana. All the cities featured in the list recorded temperature equal to or more than 47.2 degree Celsius.
Rising Temperature Across India
While several other cities of India breached the mark of 45 degree Celsius on Sunday (May 2, 2019), the temperature in Una district of Himachal Pradesh reached 44.9 degree Celsius. The temperatures in Pune, which is considered a hill station, had touched 43 degree Celsius on May 27.
In several parts of southern India in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana breached the mark of 44 degree Celsius on Sunday.
A red alert was issued in the national capital after the temperature breached the mark of 46 degree Celsius on Sunday. People were given instruction to avoid going out during the hottest hours of the day.
In Rajasthan, several deaths from heatstroke were recorded. On Sunday, a farmer died of heatstroke in Sikkar district, while two reportedly died of sunstroke in Jalore and Jodhpur in Rajasthan.
Alarming Increase In Temperature
As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD) data released last year, there has been an alarming increase in temperature in the past decade.
According to a Hindustan Times report, the past decade has been the warmest since 1901. “The decade from 2008 to 2017 has been the warmest decade on record for India,” said Arvind Srivastava, senior scientist at the climate monitoring and analysis division of the IMD.
Condition Unlikely To Placate
According to the India Meteorological Department, severe heat wave condition in the northern and central part of India, especially in Rajasthan, will continue over the next couple of days.
Experts from Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar have already warned that more than 40 per cent of the country may face drought this year.
To further aggravate the situation, the annual monsoon, which brings much-needed relief to South Asia, will arrive with a delay of six days, at India’s southern stip on June 6. Also, India will witness less than average rainfall this year, according to a private weather forecaster Skymet.
This article is part of a campaign to create awareness on environmental issues and the #ClimateCrisis that is impending on the earth.