Record high temperatures in India, 2016

People in a heatwave, India Photo by Prashanth Pinha on Unsplash

In May 2016, an all-time record high temperature of 51°C was recorded in Rajasthan, India, by some accounts the third-highest temperature ever documented globally. What was behind the extreme heat?

Chennai floods, December 2015

Raindrops phot from Pixabay / Pexels

A relentless downpour pounded Tamil Nadu’s capital city of Chennai on December 1, 2015, flooding and submerging one of India’s largest cities. The heaviest one-day rainfall in the region – as much as 494 mm (19.45 inches) – in more than a century left more than three million people without basic services.