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Hot as hell: welcome to Delhi, where a record heat wave refuses ...

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Hot as hell: welcome to Delhi, where a record heat wave refuses to end

A diary from New Delhi on a recent day when the city of 19-million struggled to cope with killer temperatures

Archana Chaudhary and Akshat Rathi

Large parts of northern and central India are bracing for more days of brutal heat, with temperatures forecast to hit 50°C this week. Hotter than the searing 43°C heat on Thursday that scorched New Delhi, the capital city, while a teacher, Shyam Mahato, struggled to keep pupils safe and hydrated from his school’s single tap.

“Heat is getting worse much earlier,” says Mahato, whose classroom is an exposed space underneath a bridge without air conditioning or even a fan.

Blazing temperatures have made it a constant daily struggle for people enduring this long-running wave of severe heat. Aside from a few days of respite, extreme heat has afflicted a region with more than a billion people since March. That’s when temperatures in India broke a 122-year record. Neighbouring Pakistan has already experienced 50°C...

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