India heatwave – level 3

10-05-2022 07:00

A landfill in New Delhi, India caught fire during a scorching heatwave.

Local people tried to keep themselves out of the heat from an unusually early heatwave with extreme temperatures in the South Asian country. It raised concerns that such weather conditions may be the new normal.

The India Meteorological Department forecast that the maximum temperature may reach 43 degrees Celsius in New Delhi. Climate change experts have warned that heatwaves may intensify in South Asia in coming years.

In most parts of India, the summer months are always extremely hot before monsoon rains bring cooler temperatures. In recent years, heatwaves have caused a number of deaths in India, especially among low-income workers and the homeless, who were outside in hot conditions. 2015 had the worst heatwave in India since 1992, and it killed more than 2,000 people.

Difficult words: scorching (very hot), intensify (to become stronger or more extreme), monsoon rain (the heavy rain that accompanies the seasonal wind of Southern Asia in summer).

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