In India, “Horrid” Heat Wave

June 6, 2019

A stunning heat event in Asia that most Americans know nothing about.

I interviewed veteran Journalist Keith Schneider last summer after he had just returned from an extended visit to Asia, and India.

Washington Post:

NEW DELHI — When the temperature topped 120 degrees (49 Celsius), residents of the northern Indian city of Churu stopped going outside and authorities started hosing down the baking streets with water. 

Churu — home to more than 100,000 people — has been the hottest place in India in recent days, part of a summer heat wave suffocating most of the country as temperatures rise above normal even for this sweltering time of year.

According to weather website El Dorado on Wednesday, five of the hottest 15 places on the planet over the previous 24 hours were in India or neighboring Pakistan. In Churu, the mercury hit 118 degrees, down from 122 degrees on Monday. That temperature is just shy of India’s all-time high, recorded in 2016.

Nearly the whole country remained under a heat-wave warning Wednesday, with severe warnings for a swath of north and central India, including the states of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. 

Earlier this week, the Health Ministry issued an advisory with do’s and don’ts for staying safe in rising temperatures. They included avoiding the sun between noon and 3 p.m. and refraining from drinking alcohol, tea and coffee. The National Disaster Management Authority weighed in with its own tips: Cover your head, cross-ventilate your room and try sleeping under a slightly wet sheet.

The heat wave is part of a trend of rising temperatures in India. Last year was the sixth-warmest since national record-keeping began in 1901; 11 of the 15 warmest years on record have all occurred since 2004. The frequency of heat waves is also increasing, a government minister told India’s Parliament earlier this year.

That adds up to a huge policy challenge, noted Hem Dholakia, an environmental researcher, in a piece published last month. “Science as well as our subjective experiences has made it unequivocally clear that longer, hotter and deadlier summers are poised to become the norm due to climate change,” he wrote. Every Indian city needs a plan for combating extreme heat, he said.

11 Responses to “In India, “Horrid” Heat Wave”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    You beat me to it—-I thought of alerting you to this when I read the article in the WashPost over breakfast this morning.

    May I remind everyone of the several articles in recent years that speak of the future proliferation of air conditioners in places like India, Pakistan, China, and Mexico? Many millions of A/C units, mainly powered by electricity from COAL? Those are the only “plans” I have read about for dealing with the heat waves.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      I see that the cowardly and moronic “lurker” who thumbs down anything I post didn’t even wait two minutes before doing it to this comment. Grow up, sicko—-find some other game to play.

      • Earl Mardle Says:

        I think we can perform a public service by encouraging whoever it is to lurk and downrate posts here. At least they are not out somewhere molesting the sheep.

        • dumboldguy Says:

          LOL—-didn’t think about the sheep!

          I actually regard it as somewhat of a badge of honor that some moron has become so obsessed with me that he stalks my every comment on Crock. I must have flushed his toilet so strongly at one time that it sucked his brains right out of his anus and sent them down the pipe to the sewer plant (where they are surely clogging up the process).

          I would be glad to continue to do my part in helping to keep him “distracted” from the sheep, but I would feel better if you could guarantee that he is, in fact, NOT molesting them and just being a moron on Crock instead.

  2. neilrieck Says:

    Temperature seems to be out of control everywhere. For example, while it is relatively cool and wet here (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) for the past month, one must always ask “who has my heat?” So check out these record breakers close to the arctic circle:

  3. redskylite Says:

    Seems excitement is mounting over the favorable (at least temporarily) effects of the Climate change in Siberia. Maybe a future migration host, at least for the Russians.

    ‘Asian Russia, which is east of the Urals, covers around five million square miles. It is a vast, empty landscape that—despite accounting for 77 percent of Russia’s land area—is occupied by just 27 percent of the population, with an average density of three people per kilometer squared (0.4 square miles.)’

  4. redskylite Says:

    From Inside Climate News . . . . .

    In These U.S. Cities, Heat Waves Will Kill Hundreds More as Temperatures Rise
    Even half a degree warming matters. A new study shows how meeting the Paris climate agreement goals would make a difference in lives saved or lost.

    “At the path we are on, toward 3 degrees Celsius warming, we get into temperatures that people have not previously experienced,” said Peter Frumhoff, director of science and policy and chief climate scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists and a co-author of the study published Wednesday in Science Advances. “The core point is, across these cities, thousands of deaths can be avoided by keeping temperatures within the Paris target.”

  5. redskylite Says:

    Researchers identify connection between more frequent, intense heat events and deaths in Las Vegas

    Las Vegas, Nev. (June 4, 2019) – Over the last several decades, extreme heat events around the world—particularly in the North American Southwest—have gotten hotter, occurred more frequently, and lasted longer. These trends pose significant health risks to the growing number of people making cities like Las Vegas home.

    A new study by faculty and undergraduate students at the Desert Research Institute (DRI), Nevada State College, and Universidad de Las Americas Puebla traces the relationship between extreme heat and mortality rates, identifying a clear correlation between heat wave episodes and heat-related deaths in Las Vegas over the last ten years.

    “Current climate change projections

    can stop deaths from heatwaves , it costs less than $100 to make,
    please find me advocates to make this, it is either this or a dry ice pill,

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