Deadly temperatures in India: what does it mean?

Temperatures are around 50 degrees Celsius in India and Pakistan. At this point they become deadly.

A heat wave is hitting India and Pakistan, endangering both the country’s food supply and human health directly, as explained by various scientific sources taken up by the Huffington Post, TF1 Info and Euro news.

With rising temperatures in some cities in India and Pakistan caught in a dome of heat, meteorologists estimate that tens of millions of people lose access to running water. Plantations do not resist such high heat and also lack water.

Temperatures that can cause death

As the Huffington Post explains According to a study published last January in l’American Physiological Society, beyond a certain temperature and a certain level of humidity, it can become fatal. We call this benchmark “TW”, which is the way to evaluate the wet thermometer, science estimates that you can die from 35 degrees, without being able to cool off within 6 hours.

This is what explains, from TF1 Info, a CNRS researcher at the Dynamic Meteorology Laboratory. He points out that the temperature can literally become unbearable. From this temperature, the water can no longer escape from our bodyand a phenomenon takes place, called “wet bulb”.

Experiments have shown that participants subjected to this high and humid thermometer were unable to hold on, even when they were young and in good general health, continues the Huffington Post. It’s hard to breathe properly our perspiration no longer works as it should to cool us down.

“And if you live a few hours like this, this situation can cause the onset of organ dysfunction, even death”, ends the researcher interviewed by TF1.

The people most at risk from the heat outside are the homeless, but also street workers, such as newspaper vendors, drivers of small means of transport.

Sources : TF1 info, Huffington Post, Euronews

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