India: New Delhi Records highest temperature ever reached 49.9°C amid heatwave

Asma Ahmed - | UAE

A red alert was issued by the Indian meteorological service for several regions in the northwest on Wednesday, indicating an impending severe heat wave. This comes just one day after regions of the nation's capital, Delhi, saw record-high temperatures of about 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit).

Warning of Water Shortages

Authorities have issued a warning about the looming risk of water shortages as the capital city grapples with an intense heatwave. This alert comes amidst soaring temperatures in several regions of India, particularly in the northwest, prompting concerns about the availability of essential resources.

India's weather department raised a red alert for various parts of the country's northwest, signaling the severity of the heatwave. This alert was issued shortly after certain areas of the capital city, Delhi, recorded their highest-ever temperature, nearing a staggering 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit).

Record-Breaking Temperatures

On Tuesday, temperatures in Delhi soared to an unprecedented high of 49.9℃ (121.8 Fahrenheit), as reported by the government's weather bureau. This extreme heat was documented at two suburban stations in Delhi, namely Narela and Mungeshpur. Forecasts indicate a continuation of similar high temperatures in the region.

India has experienced scorching summer temperatures in the past, but the recent record-breaking heatwave underscores the exacerbating effects of climate change. Scientific research has revealed that climate change is prolonging heatwaves, making them more frequent and intense, and posing significant challenges for communities across the country.

In response to the heightened risk of water scarcity, authorities in New Delhi have taken proactive measures to address the situation. Water Minister Atishi Marlena has emphasized the importance of collective responsibility in curbing wasteful water usage. Measures such as reducing water supply frequency and rationing saved water to prioritize areas facing acute shortages have been implemented to mitigate the impact of the heatwave.

Health Concerns

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued warnings about the adverse health effects of the intense heat, particularly for vulnerable groups such as infants, the elderly, and individuals with chronic illnesses. The soaring temperatures pose a significant risk to public health, emphasizing the importance of taking preventive measures and staying hydrated to avoid heat-related illnesses.

Moreover, the record-breaking temperatures and severe heatwave in Delhi underscore the urgent need for effective measures to address the challenges posed by climate change and ensure the well-being of communities. By adopting sustainable practices and implementing targeted interventions to mitigate the impact of heatwaves, authorities can safeguard essential resources and protect vulnerable populations from the adverse effects of extreme weather events.

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