‘The warm air is on, on the street, inside your head,’ Singer Glenn Frey once sang, and these lyrics ring true and loud for Indians right now.
India is experiencing unprecedented heat, disrupting millions of people’s lives and livelihoods.
The brutal heatwave has caused temperatures to exceed 45 degrees in many parts of the country, and the weatherman predicts that it will only worsen.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has already issued an orange alert for hot weather in west Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh (east and west), and Vidarbha for the next four days. The remaining northwestern and central India has been on a “yellow” alert.
The scorching April heat comes on the back of the country experiencing its hottest day in 122 years and breaking 56 all-time heatwave records.
Forecasts for more heat this week have prompted climate and weather experts to compare India’s heatwave to New York Times bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson’s novel The Ministry for the Future.
The story begins with Frank May, who is in India during a disastrous heatwave and high humidity. Because of the high demand for air conditioning, power outages occur, allowing only those with generators to stay calm. Millions die, leaving the country traumatized and unsure how to safeguard itself from even further suffering.
Extreme heat is gripping different parts of the world, breaking records and setting off warnings of the devastating consequences of heatwaves to the planet.
Unprecedented high temperatures are especially hazardous to humans; they leave behind a trail of casualties caused mainly by heatstroke and unpreparedness for intense weather conditions.
The sweltering heat threatens food security and exacerbates natural disasters. It also disrupts economic life and opens the door to more frequent heatwaves in the coming year.
Take a look at the deadliest heatwaves the Earth has grappled with.