India heat wave: Climate change-fueled event topples monthly records

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India heat wave: Climate change-fueled event topples monthly records

The heat wave still gripping parts of India and Pakistan set all-time monthly records this weekend and has yet to fully abate.

Computer model projection of high temperatures on May 2, showing the hottest conditions in northwestern India and Pakistan. (Weatherbell.com)

Why it matters: At least a billion people suffered through temperatures of 104°F (40°C) or higher from Thursday through Sunday, with many seeing highs of 110°F (43°C) and above.

Heat waves are becoming more common, severe and longer as the world warms in response to human emissions of greenhouse gases.

By the numbers: According to Maximiliano Herrera, an expert on global temperature extremes, several monthly records fell in India and Pakistan on April 30 and May 1, while Pakistan likely experienced its hottest April on record…READ ON

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