The current heatwave in India and Pakistan reaching around 50 degrees Celcius might just be mirroring the future that we are walking into with the current trend in the climate crisis. According to the latest IPCC Report, we are dangerously past the target 1.5 degrees Celcius of survivable increase and temperature and might breach above 2.4 degrees Celcius by 2030.
Here are some key things to note:
- At least a billion people in India and Pakistan experienced record-breaking heatwaves in April, with temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius.
- The “unprecedented” heatwaves were in keeping with what scientists predicted would happen with climate change, said an expert.
- The extreme temperatures also put around seven million people at risk of flooding from melting glaciers.
At least a billion people sweltered under extreme temperatures in India and Pakistan as the two countries endure a record-breaking heatwave.
- Northwest and central India saw their highest average maximum temperature for April since record keeping began 122 years ago, according to Indian Meteorological Department data reported by CNN. Meanwhile, Jacobabad, Pakistan reached 49 degrees Celsius on Saturday, which is one of the hottest April temperatures ever recorded, according to The Guardian.
Are we ready to face this kind of heatwave in the Philippines? What do you think? What should we do?