June 11, 2014 1:44 pm
Updated: June 11, 2014 1:52 pm

India melting under 45 C heat wave

Indians quench their thirst with chilled water freely provided by traders at a market in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

AP Photo/Saurabh Das

TORONTO – Residents in northern India are enduring one of the region’s worst heat waves in years.

Though the normal high in the New Delhi region is around 40 C, temperatures have been closer to 45 C over the past week. According to the Times of India, Bhopal — south of New Delhi — reached a high of 48 C for the sixth consecutive day on Wednesday.

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To make matters worse, the increased temperatures have been putting a strain on energy use across the country. According to media reports, protests have broken out in New Delhi over power blackouts due to the soaring temperatures.

The India Meteorological Department is also calling for dry conditions across the region that could produce dust storms along with the heat wave.

The heat wave is expected to last for another week when temperatures come down to a “mild” 36 C.

The country’s monsoon season – which could bring some relief to the region – is still a few weeks away.

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