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India's record heatwave drives temperature gap between rich and poor

Many factors can drive temperature variance between neighborhoods including wind patterns, but the presence or absence of healthy vegetation also plays a key role.

Temperatures in the gritty New Delhi locality of Mungeshpur averaged 1.4° Celsius higher so far this month than in the suburban enclave of Safdarjung, IMD data shows. (Photo: Bloomberg)
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Temperatures in the gritty New Delhi locality of Mungeshpur averaged 1.4° Celsius higher so far this month than in the suburban enclave of Safdarjung, IMD data shows. (Photo: Bloomberg)

Aaron Clark and Pratik Parija | Bloomberg
India’s record-breaking heat wave is hitting some poorer, urban neighborhoods harder than more leafy, affluent ones.
Temperatures in the gritty New Delhi locality of Mungeshpur averaged 1.4° Celsius higher so far this month than in the suburban enclave of Safdarjung, data from the India Meteorological Department shows. Many factors can drive temperature variance between neighborhoods including wind patterns, but the presence or absence of healthy vegetation also plays a key role.

Population density and access to water are some of the factors that contribute to the distribution and health of greenery, said Brent Jacobs, research director at University of Technology Sydney’s

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First Published: May 27 2022 | 8:58 AM IST

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