In some places of India, soaring temperatures force the shutdown of schools.

After areas of India experienced blistering temperatures of more than 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), authorities there decided to close schools for a week.


According to state governments, at least two states, Tripura in the northeast and West Bengal in the east, ordered the closure of schools this week as a result of temperatures that were more than 5 degrees Celsius above average.

G K Das, a representative of the state weather office, told Reuters that Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, reported temperatures of 40C (104F) on April 13 and 41C (105.8F) on April 14, which are more than 5 degrees above average for the time of year.

According to the national weather bureau, India is likely to endure heat waves between March and May.