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India may have recorded its hottest temperature ever amid severe heat wave

One of the hottest countries on Earth potentially recorded its highest temperature ever.

India recorded a temperature of 52.3 degrees Celsius -- or about 126 degrees Fahrenheit -- on Wednesday at a weather station in Mungeshpur, a suburb of New Delhi, according to the India Meteorological Department.

The government is examining the data, saying that the temperature is an outlier compared to measurements at other stations and that there could be an error in the sensor or due to local conditions.

PHOTO: Men cover their head with cloth on a hot summer afternoon in New Delhi on May 29, 2024, amid ongoing heatwave. (Arun Sankar/AFP via Getty Images)
PHOTO: Men cover their head with cloth on a hot summer afternoon in New Delhi on May 29, 2024, amid ongoing heatwave. (Arun Sankar/AFP via Getty Images)

The temperature soared to more than 9 degrees Celsius higher than expected, according to the IMD.

Hot winds from northwestern India contributed to the hotter-than-expected temperatures, ABC News partner New Delhi Television (NDTV) reported.

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The previous record at the Mungeshpur station occurred in 2002 -- 49.2 degrees Celsius (120.6 degrees Fahrenheit), according to NDTV. The previous record for hottest temperature recorded in India was in 2016, in Rajasthan, -- 51 degrees Celsius (123.8 degrees Fahrenheit), according to the IMD.

PHOTO: People walk under a umbrella on a hot summer afternoon in New Delhi on May 29, 2024, amid ongoing heatwave.  (Arun Sankar/AFP via Getty Images)
PHOTO: People walk under a umbrella on a hot summer afternoon in New Delhi on May 29, 2024, amid ongoing heatwave. (Arun Sankar/AFP via Getty Images)

The India Meteorological Department released a severe heat wave warning for the region as a result of the forecast. Heat waves in India are considered "severe" once temperatures reach 6.5 degrees Celsius higher than normal.

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A red alert health noticed was also issued in New Delhi, indicating a "very high likelihood of developing heat illness and heat stroke in all ages" for vulnerable groups within the region's population of 30 million.

Local government officials set limits on water usage, citing a shortage, and threatened to fine those using water unnecessarily, such as to wash a car, 2,000 rupees -- or $24 -- Reuters reported.

PHOTO: A man takes a shower under water pouring from a pipe along the Yamuna flood plains on a hot summer afternoon in New Delhi on May 29, 2024, amid ongoing heatwave. (Arun Sankar/AFP via Getty Images)
PHOTO: A man takes a shower under water pouring from a pipe along the Yamuna flood plains on a hot summer afternoon in New Delhi on May 29, 2024, amid ongoing heatwave. (Arun Sankar/AFP via Getty Images)

Rain forecast in New Delhi for Wednesday evening could raise humidity levels, according to the IMD.

India is one of the hottest countries in Asia, known for its tropical climate and long-lasting summer conditions. The early-season high temperatures could be a predicator to a scorching summer to come.

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Copernicus, Europe's climate change service, has recorded 11 consecutive months of record-warm temperatures -- a trend that is likely to continue once the month of May has concluded.

PHOTO: A worker transfers baskets of shaved ice to a food processing unit on a hot summer afternoon, at a market in New Delhi on May 29, 2024, amid ongoing heatwave. (Arun Sankar/AFP via Getty Images)
PHOTO: A worker transfers baskets of shaved ice to a food processing unit on a hot summer afternoon, at a market in New Delhi on May 29, 2024, amid ongoing heatwave. (Arun Sankar/AFP via Getty Images)

Rising global temperatures are leading to longer and more frequent heat waves, according to climate scientists.

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Sweltering heat that occurred across Asia in late April was 45 times more likely because of climate change, according to a study by the World Weather Attribution.

Editor's note: This story was adjusted to reflect that officials are still working to confirm the data.

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