Cold Temperatures Kill 100+ in India
In the map above, the colors on all land areas show land surface temperature anomalies for the past week as compared to the average temperatures during the same period between 2001 and 2010. Places that are warmer than average are red, places that were near-normal are white, and places that are cooler than average are blue. All of India is colder than normal (blue), and in some areas the temperatures have remained extreme for several days. According to a December 30 report on the Reuters website, “[A] severe cold wave continued to wreak havoc across North India on Monday claiming 16 more lives in Uttar Pradesh alone, taking the death toll to 140.” The low temperatures are accompanied by dense fog, resulting in significant disruption of transportation by car, train, and air, as well.
While temperatures in India have hovered around (0°C or 32°F) and up to 15.6 degrees Celsius lower (about 28 degrees F lower), the population there is unaccustomed to and unprepared for such cold. Meantime, temperatures have plunged to extreme levels in parts of Canada, too, and Ontario Environment and Energy (E&E) is forecasting still colder temperatures: “Extremely cold air will push into Northern Ontario with brisk northerly winds. This will cause extreme wind-chill values near minus 55°C (–67°F) in the Far North and below –40°C for Northern Ontario. These “below seasonal temperatures are likely to cause flash-freeze conditions,” according to local officials.
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