India Experiences Intense Heat Wave

A dangerous heat wave has been occupying India with no relief expected until the seasonal monsoons arrive, usually beginning in June.  Northern India from West Bengal  to Rajasthan will experience the highest heat and daily temperatures will approach or exceed 110 degrees Fahrenheit/43 degrees Celsius.  Temperatures are expected to continue increasing through the rest of the week and will remain well above normal through the next week.

Although heat waves are common events in India, this event is particularly worrisome due to its unusually early occurrence and persistence.  Several millions or citizens and animals are at risk for dehydration, heat exhaustion, and/or heat stroke.

Even though the summer monsoons will arrive to Southern India in early June, they will not reach northern India until late June or early July; so the portion of the country that’s receiving the worst of the heat will continue to have brutal heat for quite some time.

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  1. Because these heat waves are common occurrences in India, I wondered what kinds of steps towards mitigation they take as a country to help prevent widespread dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. In the US, there is much better infrastructure in place nation wide in terms of relief from natural heat. I’m not sure what percentage of Indian people in the affected areas have access to air conditioning, but I know for a fact that it is lower than the United States. What do you think people in impoverished areas of India can do to help beat the heat in situations like this? Especially in such a populated country, many people may be stuck in areas that are overcrowded and at that point, body heat would just compound the issue.

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