An intense heat wave has hit India and Pakistan since mid-March. March 2022 was even the hottest March in over 120 years an average high temperature of 33.1°C.
After a relative lull in mid-April in certain regions associated with pre-monsoon rains, the heatwave will double in intensity and reach extreme proportions. The climatologist Christophe Cassou, research director at the CNRS, even mentions a heat worthy of the “African desert” on Twitter.
1.5 billion people affected, over 45°C
If these regions are used to such temperatures, it is their duration and early season that raises questions. A total of 1.5 billion people will be affected by this heatwave for at least 5 days, which is expected to start on Wednesday Indian Meteorological Office.
The thermometer should rise to 44°C in western India and possibly 50°C in eastern Pakistan. Extremely difficult and unbearable conditions for the population, the “humidity” factor reinforces the impression of humidity and heat.
What is the connection with global warming?
South Asia has been identified by NASA as potentially uninhabitable area by 2050 especially by the combination of heat and humidity.
According to the latest IPCC report, climate change is having a significant impact on the number and intensity of heat waves in India. According to the same report, India is also one of the regions most vulnerable to climate change.
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