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Extreme Heat to Persist in India for Third Straight Month

  • Temperatures may reach as high as 50 degrees in some parts
  • Heat to impact crops and industrial activity, IMD says
Residents fill water from a Delhi Municipal Corp. truck in New Delhi, on April 30.

Residents fill water from a Delhi Municipal Corp. truck in New Delhi, on April 30.

Photographer: Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

Hotter-than-normal temperatures may continue to singe northern and western India in May, where readings are near the highest in 122 years, the country’s official weather forecaster said.

Temperatures may reach as high as 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees fahrenheit) in the region, adversely affecting crops and industrial activity, the India Meteorological Department said on Saturday. Still, most parts of the South Asian nation may receive normal to higher-than-normal rainfall during the month, according to Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, the head of the weather bureau.