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India heatwave: Delhi records its highest ever temperature

BMJ 2024; 385 doi: (Published 30 May 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;385:q1198
  1. Mun-Keat Looi
  1. The BMJ

New Delhi recorded a temperature of over 50°C on 26 May—its highest ever—with 37 cities seeing temperatures over 45°C the same week.1 So far one related death has been officially recorded,2 although at least 13 more have been reported nationwide.3

Officials in Delhi are looking to verify the record breaking temperature reading, with some speculating that it may have been due to a faulty sensor.4 Nevertheless, officials have warned of potential water shortages in the Indian capital.

The India Meteorological Department warned of a …

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