Temperatures in India and Pakistan reached devastating heights in April and March, with peaks of up to 50°C in some localities, causing power cuts and water shortages. Experts say worse is yet to come, as global warming will lead to longer-lasting and more intense heatwaves.
Peak temperatures have been seen across the world in recent years, the worst of which appear to be in the southern hemisphere. Australia and Uruguay, for example, saw temperatures hit their national records once more in January 2022, with 50.7°C in Onslow and 44.0°C in Florida, respectively.
In the summer of 2021, Canada, Turkey and Italy all saw their highest temperatures ever recorded, with the latter measuring as Europe’s hottest ever temperature (48.8°C in Syracuse). Even in Antarctica highs of more than 18°C were reached at the Esperanza base in 2020.