While we are experiencing typical spring weather across eastern North Carolina, with warm temps with sunshine and on and off again storms, different parts of the world are dealing with oppressive weather conditions.
In Northern India, intense heat has been searing the area for days. Daily high temperatures will be around 110 degrees with some locations exceeding 115 degrees. This oppressive heat wave has caused officials to alter school hours and reduce work hours, according to the Times of India. In New Delhi, early next week, highs of 100 to 105 degrees are expected, which is about 10 degrees cooler than what they are seeing now.
Heat waves aren’t uncommon to India, however the persistence of the heat is troublesome as millions of residents and animals alike are at risk for dehydration, heat exhaustion or heatstroke. Unfortunately, this heat is expected to continue until the monsoonal rains in June or early July. The elderly and very young are the most at risk to heat-related illnesses.
Meanwhile, in central Europe, rare April snow downs trees and creates travel nightmares. Areas in Slovakia, Romania and Moldova received several inches of snow. Cold air from the north timed it just right to intersect with a storm system to produce the snowfall. Two dozen people were injured in a 40-car pile-up in northeastern Slovakia.
The weight of the snow has downed trees and powerlines across Moldova and more than 200 localities lost power. One fallen tree injured 4 people. Highs this time of year are in the upper 50s and lows in the lower to mid 40s. Highs today will struggle to get to freezing as the snow piles up. Northeastern Romania is expected to receive 8 to 6 inches of snow. Damage to spring crops could lead to possible shortages and rationing come this summer.