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From India’s summer to Australia’s winter, temperature records are falling across Asia, in the latest evidence of the effects of climate change, officials said on Friday.

The sweltering temperatures are in line with longstanding warnings from climate scientists and countries from Greece to Canada are grappling with record heat and deadly wildfires.

In India, the world’s most populous country, officials said this August was the warmest and driest since national records began more than a century ago.

The month falls in the middle of India’s annual monsoon, which typically brings up to 80 percent of the country’s annual rainfall.

But despite heavy rain earlier this month causing deadly flooding in the north of the country, total rainfall has been well below average.

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The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said August received an average of only 161.7 millimeters (6.4 in) of rainfall, 30.1 mm less than the previous August record set in 2005.

Due to this the country is burning in the scorching heat.

“Severe rainfall deficiency and weak monsoon conditions are the main reasons,” the IMD said.

Japanese officials also said Friday that the country has experienced its hottest summer since records began in 1898.

The weather agency said temperatures in the north, east and west of the country from June to August were “significantly above” average.

It added that “not only the maximum temperature but also the minimum temperature” reached record highs at many places.

And with an average temperature of 16.75 °C (62.15 Fahrenheit) for the season running from June to August in Australia, this winter was the warmest on record.

The Bureau of Meteorology said it was a hair above the record set in 1996, and the highest average winter temperature since the country’s records began in 1910.

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Climate change has already increased temperatures around the world this year, with July being the hottest month ever recorded on Earth.

Scientists have long warned that climate change is causing heat waves that are hotter, longer and more frequent.

And a warming El Niño weather pattern could drive the heat even further, though its effects are likely to be more pronounced later in the year as they strengthen.

Heatwave is one of the deadliest natural hazards, with hundreds of thousands of people dying each year from preventable heat-related causes.

In developed countries, adaptations including air conditioning can help reduce the effects.

But even in wealthier Japan, officials said at least 53 people died of heatstroke in July, while nearly 50,000 needed emergency medical care.

The effects of heat are unevenly distributed, with young children and the elderly being less able to regulate their body temperature and thus more vulnerable.

People who have to work outdoors are also particularly at risk.

Even a healthy young person would die after enduring six hours of 35-degree-Celsius (95 Fahrenheit) heat with 100 percent humidity.

But experts caution that extreme heat doesn’t have to be anywhere near that level to kill people.

John Nairn, senior extreme heat advisor for the UN’s World Meteorological Organization (WMO), said last month that heatwaves were “becoming much more dangerous”.

“This is the most rapidly emerging consequence of global warming that we are seeing,” he explained. AFP in an interview.

“People are too complacent about signs,” he lamented.

“It will become more intense and more frequent.”

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