Death Valley India: 50°C Heatwave Exposes Nation’s Climate Emergency

Death Valley India 50°C Heatwave Exposes Nation's Climate Emergency

India boiled as temperatures escalated above 50 degrees Celsius. It’s raining fire in north India. North Indian states like Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab and Delhi are battling heatwaves with temperatures going beyond 50 degrees Celsius in some regions. 

The weather forecasting center in Delhi noted the highest ever temperatures at 52.3 degrees Celsius on Wednesday. The governing body of Delhi asked DJB to mandate a fine of Rs 2000 for squandering water.


  • India’s all-time highest temperature was logged
  • Delhi governing body mandates a charge of 2000 for water misuse  
  • Electricity department authority said that Delhi recorded its highest power demand of 8302 megawatts amid the summer as more and more residents turned on air-conditioning
  • AP adhering to half-day school norms in view of the soaring temperatures
  • World Meteorological Organization (WMO) secretary general Petteri Taalas issued a ‘high alert’ to the world in January

Intense Heat Grips Northern India

Northern Indian states of Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab and the National Capital Territory are in the grip of blistering heat with temperatures in excess of 50 degrees Celsius in Rajasthan and Haryana. Delhi on Wednesday noted its record-breaking temperatures with the mercury reaching 52.2 degrees Celsius. 

Increasing Electricity Demand is Indication

The electricity department authority said that Delhi recorded its highest power demand of 8302 megawatts amid the summer as more and more residents turned on air-conditioning. Furthermore, the Delhi governing body mandates a charge of 2000 for water misuse.

The medical department verified deaths on account of heat exhaustion in Jaipur. Churu in Rajasthan peaked at 50.5 degrees Celsius. In Haryana, the three hottest districts were Hisar, Narnaul and Rohtak with temperatures going beyond 47 degrees Celsius. People are vulnerable to heat stroke, which is a medical emergency typified by an elevation in core body temperature. When the body’s thermoregulatory mechanism fails, intense dehydration ensues, sounding the alarms.

Half-Day School Protocol in Andhra Pradesh

The Andhra Pradesh state commission for protecting children’s rights has directed school administrators that all schools in AP are adhering to the half-day school protocol in view of the soaring temperatures.

The commissioners, including Gondu Sitaram, during a meeting conducted in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday, stated that APSCPCR has received complaints from parents that some schools are brushing aside the government’s half-day school protocol. He stressed adhering to the guidelines dispatched by the state government. 

APSCPCR chairperson Kesali Apparao forewarned the school administrators and stated that clear instructions have already been directed to district collectors and school administrators on adhering to the half-day school protocol without giving any waiver to any school, and strict legal actions will be taken against school owners, even cancellation of the school registration.

Worsening Heatwaves: Climate Change’s Increasing Impact

Scientists warn that scorching heat is likely to smash previous records. 2024 is the warmest year on record, and worries are escalating that this year’s heightening hot spells could exceed that benchmark, pushing the planet dangerously close to the 1.5 degrees Celsius lower limit of the Paris Agreements on climate change.

The rising emissions of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases, coupled with a developing El Niño event, are propelling the temperatures to another level, scientists said. El Niño is a weather pattern which depicts unusual warming of surface waters in the eastern and central Pacific oceans.

The global average near-surface temperatures in 2023 were at 1.45 degrees Celsius. Cautioning of the grave outcomes of climate change, WMO secretary general Petteri Taalas issued a ‘Red Alert’ to the world in January.

The Paris Agreement Limit

The 1.5 degrees limit for global warming has critical ramifications, comprising ‘unfrozen summers’ in the Arctic Ocean once per century, impact on six million people owing to sea level rise in coastal areas by the end of this century, sombre peril to ecosystems such as insects, vital pollinators, unusual drought, and flooding around the world as per the United Nations.

About the Paris Agreement

The Paris Agreement is a legally binding international treaty on climate change.

Objectives of Climate Change Efforts  

The goals of climate change mitigation are to reduce risks and vulnerability to climate change.

FAQs About Heatwave Across India

Q. How to Help Combat Global Warming?

  1. Change your home’s source of energy:

Solar panels can be used to generate energy, switching your home from oil, gas or coal-powered energy to renewable sources can reduce tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year.

Q. Where was the Paris Agreement Signed?

  1. It was adopted by 196 parties at the UN COP21 in Paris, France on December 12, 2015.

Q. Is India a WMO Member?  

  1. Yes, India has been a member of the World Meteorological Organization since 1950.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

3 thoughts on “Death Valley India: 50°C Heatwave Exposes Nation’s Climate Emergency

    1. We are today in the world with huge technologies but here we should understand the power of nature and the creation of lord. It is being very difficult to the people today to face this situation. We have to implement more greenary projects even in cities which could lead a little bit better situation to adopt ourselves to this climate.

      The one who is publishing this, I am thankful to you. I am gaining knowledge about what’s happening and about the measurements that the concerned departments have been taken to takle the situation.

      Thank you…

  1. It is very alarming message to all of us , heat wave is consequences of global warming and it needs to be tackled at priority , otherwise lives on this planet is at risk !!

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