May 23, 2016

India records its hottest day ever as temperature hits 51C (that's 123.8F)

Phalodi, Rajasthan1
India
by
Agence France-Presse
Boys swimming to cool off as record temperatures of 51C were recorded in the Indian city of Phalodi. Photo: AP
Boys swimming to cool off as record temperatures of 51C were recorded in the Indian city of Phalodi. Photo: AP

A city in northern India has shattered the national heat record, registering a searing 51C – the highest since records began – amid a nationwide heatwave.

The new record was set in Phalodi, a city in the desert state of Rajasthan, and is the equivalent of 123.8F.

It tops a previous record of 50.6C set in 1956