Parts of India recorded their highest average temperatures on record in April, and the scorching weather is expected to extend into May, authorities said on Saturday.
India and neighboring Pakistan have suffered extreme heat waves this year, melting roadways, forcing school closures and triggering health and fire alerts.
Northwest and central India recorded average maximum temperatures of 35.9C and 37.78C, respectively, in April, the director general of India’s meteorological department told reporters.
They are the highest since the department began keeping records 122 years ago, Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said.
More than a billion people are at risk of heat-related impacts in the region, scientists have warned, linking the early onset of an intense summer to climate change. Summer in India runs from April to June.
For the first time in decades, Pakistan has gone from winter to summer without spring, Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman said on Saturday.