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India Endures Record Heat Wave: ‘The Only Reason Is Global Warming’

The life-threatening, extreme temperatures have caused hours-long power blackouts and put millions of people at risk.

The sun over New Delhi on April 28.

The sun over New Delhi on April 28.

Photographer: Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times/Getty Images

India’s severe heat waves are expected to stretch into early next month, meaning millions of people will have to endure more days of dangerous temperatures and hours-long blackouts.

The South Asian nation is bracing for temperatures to rise to a record high, according to Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, head of the country’s meteorological department. The agency is working with states and the federal government’s disaster management arm to get early warnings to those on the ground, he said in an interview in New Delhi.