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India is Reeling Under Heatwave, Power Cuts and it's Getting Dark Out on the Internet

Be warned: it is getting quite dark out there. (Photo via Twitter)

Be warned: it is getting quite dark out there. (Photo via Twitter)

Climate change, global warming and fossil fuels: As India reels under heatwave and power outages, social media users think the future looks bleak.

The heatwave has sent much of India reeling, with many places registering all-time high temperatures this April. The mercury breached the 46-degree Celsius mark in several places. Allahabad, Jhansi and Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh recorded all-time high temperatures for April at 46.8 degrees Celsius, 46.2 degrees Celsius and 45.1 degrees Celsius respectively. Gurugram in Haryana and Satna in Madhya Pradesh also recorded their respective all-time highs for the month at 45.9 degrees Celsius and 45.3 degrees Celsius. As such, social media is chock full of memes, advisory and apprehension. Be warned: it is getting quite dark out there.

As India endures a record-breaking heatwave, former director-general of India Meteorological Department (IMD) Dr KJ Ramesh says the country is witnessing impacts of global warming sooner than expected.

“We have already crossed the 1.2℃ warming from pre-industrial era so these changes are expected. But we did not anticipate them so soon,” Dr Ramesh told News18. “India is among the first countries to record such intense heatwaves so early on this year. The average mean monthly temperatures for April are around 30℃, but the anomalies we are seeing are much higher.”

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first published:April 30, 2022, 11:02 IST