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1Ouch! Severe heat in India on May 25th 2015, 4:35 pm

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India recorded temperatures in Allahabad (a city in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh) just short of 48c (117.8 F). They have had over 500 deaths from this latest heat wave including 2 cab drivers who roasted in their cabs.

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Soaring temperatures have gripped parts of southern and northern India in an extreme heat wave which has killed more than 500 people and looks set to continue this week, officials said on Monday.

The hottest place in India was Allahabad, a city in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, which saw mercury rise to 47.7 degrees Celsius (117.8 Fahrenheit) on Sunday, while the capital Delhi recorded a high of 43.5C (110.3F).

Most of the 539 recorded deaths have been of construction workers, the elderly or the homeless in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, said officials, but some deaths have also occurred in Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal.

The Indian Meteorological Department has issued a red warning to affected regions saying that the heat wave conditions are likely to continue over coming days.

Director of Andhra Pradesh's Disaster Management Department K. Dhananjaya Reddy said 325 people had died of sunstroke or dehydration in the state in the last three days.

"We are advising people not to go to work between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.," said Reddy. "We have also opened centers in different places specially in urban areas for the distribution of water and butter milk."

The government has canceled the leave of all doctors as hospitals were being flooded with cases of heat-stroke, he said, adding that compensation of 100,000 rupees ($1,575) will be given to families of people who had died.

While in the neighboring state of Telangana, where 204 people have died, officials have advised people to stay indoors during peak afternoon hours, drink plenty of fluids and wear loose clothing.

Taxi drivers in Kolkata - capital of West Bengal state where four deaths have been reported - refused to work between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. after two cabbies died in their cars last week.
Link: http://news.yahoo.com/more-500-people-killed-heat-wave-bakes-parts-151232718.html


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2Ouch! Re: Severe heat in India on May 26th 2015, 2:42 am

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I saw this. It's ironic that here in the UK (or at least parts of it) the temperature is 2 degrees lower than the average for this time of year and we are forcast for more cold and storms at a time when we are approaching the summer solstice which is traditionally the height of summer!

To cap it all the weather service predicted that the UK would be hotter than spain and a few other Countries (which didn't happen) and now they are saying that the winter will be one of the harshest on record! (I'm dubious about that. If they can't accurately predict a few days in advance what chance have they of predicting 6 months in advance????)

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3Ouch! Re: Severe heat in India on June 1st 2015, 7:16 am

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Where I'm at its suppose to be around 90F this time of year, but it has consistently been in the mid 60's for the last 3 months and has done nothing but rain. Very strange weather for this time of year.


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