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Delhi heatwave: officials investigating if temperature of 52.9C due to faulty sensor

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🗞️ Driving the news: Indian authorities are investigating whether a faulty sensor caused a temperature reading of 52.9°C in Delhi
• The India Meteorological Department (IMD) is examining data from the Mungeshpur station after this anomaly
• Nearby stations recorded slightly lower, yet still extreme, temperatures close to 50°C

🔭 The context: This intense heatwave has been impacting Delhi and surrounding regions for weeks, with Najafgarh recording 49.1°C
• Authorities warn of severe health risks and water shortages. Measures are being taken to reduce water usage, including cutting supply from twice daily to once a day in some areas

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: This heatwave is a stark reminder of the growing impacts of climate change, which is making heatwaves more frequent and severe
• The health risks and resource strain underscore the urgent need for climate action

⏭️ What's next: The IMD will continue investigating the sensor issue to ensure accurate temperature reporting
• Residents and officials brace for ongoing heat, with further advisories and resource management strategies expected

💬 One quote: "Having a shower is almost a waste of time. You come out of it and instantly you are a sweaty mess again," said Aruna Verma, a Delhi resident

📈 One stat: Between March and May 2022, India experienced 280 heat wave days, the highest on record. Additionally, climate change has made such extreme heat waves 30 times more likely in the region​ - Forbes India

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