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India Records Its Hottest Day Ever As Temperature Hits 51C (123.8F) (theguardian.com) 217

An anonymous reader writes: A city in northern India has shattered the national heat record, registering a searing 51C -- the highest since records began -- amid a nationwide heatwave. The new record was set in Phalodi, a city in the desert state of Rajasthan, and is the equivalent of 123.8F. It tops a previous record of 50.6C set in 1956."Yesterday (Thursday) was the hottest temperature ever recorded in the country... 51C in Phalodi," said BP Yadav, a director of India's meteorological department, on Friday.
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India Records Its Hottest Day Ever As Temperature Hits 51C (123.8F)

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  • Refugees (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Sir_Eptishous ( 873977 ) on Friday May 20, 2016 @11:30AM (#52149095) Homepage
    If this trend continues, and it looks like it will, we will see "environmental refugees" increase. It will become more difficult to support life in certain parts of this planet, places that have had human civilization for quite a long time.

    Sure, technology could alleviate many of the problems of living in a place with extreme heat, but that requires money and political will.

    We have already seen the warnings about areas of the Middle East becoming uninhabitable later this century.
    Where will these people go?
    Who will support them?
    How will governments deal with the crisis?
    • Re:Refugees (Score:4, Informative)

      by cbeaudry ( 706335 ) on Friday May 20, 2016 @11:53AM (#52149309)

      Seriously?

      The previous record was from 60 years ago and the difference was 0.4 celcius.

      Alarmist much.

      • by qubezz ( 520511 )
        The previous record was from 60 years ago and the difference was 0.4 celcius.
        Shattered!
    • It will become more difficult to support life in certain parts of this planet, places that have had human civilization for quite a long time.

      There is much more land on earth that is uninhabited because it is too cold than too hot. For every hectare that we lose in Rajasthan or Niger, we will gain many more in Siberia, Nanavut, and Greenland.

      • more in Siberia, Nanavut, and Greenland.
        No, we won't. The fact that it might be warmer there in summer does not change anything significantly in winter, e.g. polar night ...

  • by fuzzyfuzzyfungus ( 1223518 ) on Friday May 20, 2016 @11:31AM (#52149103) Journal
    You know it's a bad sign when the weather report for the day is "sous-vide".
  • by Opportunist ( 166417 ) on Friday May 20, 2016 @11:37AM (#52149141)

    The rising sea levels will soon put a soothing cool around their ankles, nothing to worry about.

  • Good news! (Score:3, Insightful)

    by some old guy ( 674482 ) on Friday May 20, 2016 @12:16PM (#52149509)

    Now the PHB's won't have to even bother with H1B paperwork...the new hires can just claim climate-change refugee status.

    • by swb ( 14022 )

      You jest (I think), but you just know there are cynical politicians willing to take payoffs from cheap-labor demanding businesses while claiming we need to accept all these climate change refugees because it's the humane thing to do.

  • Will remember that next winter when people are talking about global warming.

    • Will remember that next winter when people are talking about global warming.

      There are plenty of idiots on both sides of the issue who want to make a big deal about singular events but since climate is a statistical analysis of average weather and the variability of weather the only real measure of global warming is in the long term statistics. And they say the Earth is warming despite the occasional record cold (or heat for that matter).

  • Would've figured it was higher due to being closer to the equator. The high for a U.S. city (i.e. not Death Valley) is 128 F (53 C). Several cities matched or exceeded 121 F during that heat wave [worldnow.com]. Yeah, India tends to have more humidity than Arizona, but a quick check of the weather in Phalodi [google.com] says today's humidity is 11%, indicating it's also a desert-like environment.
  • Google tells me that the highest recorded temperature on Earth is 58C, recorded in the Libyan desert in 1922, but that was later disqualified, leaving the record at 56.7 (134F) in Death Vally in 1913.

  • If it's colder than usual, it's "weather". If it's warmer than usual, it's "climate change" an we MUST DO SOMETHING!!!
    • If it snows too much, or rains too much, that's also climate change. (no really, it's a serious problem)

  • I call upon the Pakistanis with wonderful sense of patriotism to rise to the occasion and beat the record set by India. I am sure Pakistan will post 52 degree record soon.
  • by Hognoxious ( 631665 ) on Friday May 20, 2016 @06:22PM (#52152099) Homepage Journal

    A city in northern India has shattered the national heat record, registering a searing 51C

    Unfortunately the record is invalid because at teh time everyone there was pretending to be from Birmingham.

  • FYI. It's been calculated that at our current rate of growth, the oceans will all evaporate in less than 500 years. Obviously something has to give eventually.

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