Climate change is making record-breaking heatwaves in northwest India and Pakistan 100 times more likely, according to a Met Office study.

The study examined the possibility of exceeding the record average temperatures recorded in India in April and May 2010.

The study found that without climate change, the region would be able to see such temperatures once in 312 years. But with it, these types of temperatures can now be recorded every three years, the Met Office said.

Research shows that by the end of the century, the region could see this temperature once a year on average.

The swamps of India and Pakistan have been sweltering in sweltering heat since March, the hottest time in more than a century in India.

Meteorologists say it looks like a new record will be set in April and May this year, but they will have to wait until the end of the month to know for sure.

Nikos Christidis, who carried out the Met Office study, said heat waves were always part of the region’s pre-monsoon climate in April and May.

“However, our study shows that climate change is driving the heat intensity of these rains making temperatures 100 times more likely to break records,” he said.

The heat wave has cooled a bit this week after temperatures peaked at 51 degrees Celsius in Pakistan on Sunday.

However, the Met Office warned that the heat looks set to rise again, with temperatures likely to peak later this week or into the weekend.

Maximum temperatures are again likely to reach 50C in some areas, it said.

Meanwhile, heavy rain has pelted India’s remote northeast, triggering floods and landslides that have killed at least eight people.

A senior administrative official in Assam’s Dima Hasao district told the news agency that nearly 200,000 people in the area had been cut off from the rest of the state as roads and bridges leading there were blocked or swept away. .

Flooded railway station in India with train overturned by mud

Scientists have found that heavy rainfall is becoming more frequent and stronger in many parts of the world as a result of anthropogenic climate change.

To get a sense of the extent of climate change’s impact on heavy rainfall in northeastern India this week, an attribution study will have to be performed.


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