Persistent extreme heatwave in Southern Asia

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Gepubliceerd op 3 mei 2022

Southern Asia, one of the most densely populated regions of the world, is currently going through an intense heatwave: the extreme heat is impacting the lives and health of hundreds of millions of people, threatening entire ecosystems.

On 1 May 2022, when this image was acquired, the air temperature reached 49.5°C in Nawabshah (Pakistan) and 47.1°C in Bikaner (India). On the same day, the Land Surface Temperature (LST) in the area reached peaks of 62°C as highlighted in this Copernicus Sentinel-3 image. (NB: The high air temperatures are reflected in land surface temperature values. The LST is the temperature of the soil and should not be confused with air temperature).

The Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission is composed of two twin satellites (Sentinel-3A and Sentinel-3B) both equipped with the Sea and Land Surface Temperature Radiometer, an instrument whose main objective is to provide Sea and Land Surface Temperature (SST, LST).

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