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India Weather: How Hot is Hot?

By May 19, 2011

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Sunset over the Red Fort, Delhi.
Sunset over the Red Fort, Delhi.
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Those of you who haven't experienced an Indian summer may be wondering what it's like at this time of year. There's actually a very good reason why May is possibly the worst month of the year to visit India,  particularly north India -- the heat.

I constantly rue the humidity in Mumbai, which is up around 90% these days and enough to product a substantial sheen of sweat on my face whenever I leave the air conditioning. However, the positive side is that the temperature has remained around 33 degrees Celsius (91.4 Fahrenheit). Sometimes, there's even a cool sea breeze and a pre-monsoon shower. Another benefit of living in Mumbai is guaranteed electricity supply (although we have to pay for  the privilege), which helps in remaining cool.

Delhi, on the other hand, has been so hot this week that the roads have been melting. Yes, really! The temperature has touched 44 degrees Celsius (111.2 Fahrenheit). From what I hear, there's an uncomfortable amount of humidity there too, despite no sign of rain, and frequent power cuts.

The Punjab and Rajasthan are two other places that suffer searing heat at this time of year.  The temperature has crossed 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) in Amritsar, while the hottest location in Rajasthan is Churu with a maximum of almost 47 degrees Celsius (116.6 Fahrenheit).

The heat makes it really important to drink A LOT of water. I have to consume three liters a day, just to remain hydrated.  Try to avoid cold drinks though, despite the temptation,  because the extreme difference in temperature can give you a sore throat.

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