Heat Wave Brings Record-Breaking Temperatures to India and Pakistan

An Indian farmer carries wheat crop harvested from a field on the outskirts of Jammu, India on Thursday. An unusually early, record-shattering heat wave in India has reduced wheat yields. (Channi Anand/AP)

For the second month in a row, temperatures in India and Pakistan are abnormally high because of a string of strong and prolonged heat waves — and now another surge is building.

Temperatures have already soared to dangerously high levels. They topped 110 degrees in the Indian capital of Delhi on Thursday and Friday, where pavement melted amid the heat, while several cities broke April records.

The Times of India reported Delhi clinched its second hottest April in 72 years Friday with an average high temperature of 104 degrees (40.2 Celsius).

The city of Nawabshah in Pakistan hit 117.5 degrees (47.5 degrees Celsius) Thursday — the hottest temperature in the Northern Hemisphere this year so far.

The heat wave has heightened the fire danger in recent days, threatened crop yields and even accelerated melting of some glaciers. While this part of the world is no stranger to extreme heat, scientists say conditions have been worsened because of climate change.

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SOURCE: The Washington Post, Ian Livingston and Kasha Patel

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