A record temperature has been set in India, where the mercury rose to 51 degrees Celsius (123.8 Fahrenheit) in the north-western town of Phalodi.
The previous record of 50.6 Celsius had stood for 60 years.
That, too, was set in the state of Rajasthan – recorded in the city of Alwar in 1956.
This is the second year that India has experienced very high temperatures.
Its meteorological department issued a heat alert for Delhi on Wednesday when a temperature of 47 degrees was recorded in the capital.
Alerts have also been issued for three states – Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan.
Temperatures are not expected to drop until late on Saturday, while this year’s monsoon rains are predicted to be late.
A quarter of the population – around 330 million people – are now affected by water shortages, because of a drought…
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