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2007 temperature anomalies in March-May, with respect to a 1961-1990 base period.
The 2007 Asian heat wave affected the South Asian countries of Indiamarker, Pakistanmarker, Bangladeshmarker, and Nepalmarker, as well as Russiamarker and the People's Republic of Chinamarker. The heat wave ran during the months of May and June.

India

Heat-related deaths were reported from the capital New Delhimarker, northern Haryanamarker, Uttar Pradeshmarker, Rajasthanmarker and Madhya Pradeshmarker. After three days of intense heat with temperatures hovering about 40 °C (104 °F), New Delhimarker was relieved as the temperature slid down to 37.2 °C (99.0 °F). Meanwhile, the temperature soared to more than 46 °C (115 °F) at several places in northern Madhya Pradesh, with Datiamarker turning out to be the hottest at 48 °C (118 °F).

More than 120 peacocks died in Tughlakabad Fort and Surajkundmarker due to the heat; additionally, reports of severe water shortages were common. A total of 400 peacocks died in Madhya Pradesh, about 200 of those being in Haryanamarker and Punjabmarker alone.

The cotton crop in Punjab was severely affected by the heat wave. Meanwhile, the persisting heat wave in various parts of Chandigarhmarker rendered milk cattle dry. When the day temperature hovered around +48 °C (118 °F), milk supply to various milk plants of cooperative unions went down by 40,000 litres per day. In addition, milk collection by private-sector plants was reduced by 160,000 litres during the same period.

Bangladesh

Coming at the end of May, a heat wave left at least 26 people dead. According to hospital sources most victims of the heat were rice farmers working in terraces exposed to the blazing sun for long periods. Nearly 200 people, including several children, were admitted to hospitals with symptoms of heat stroke. According to the meteorological office in Dhakamarker many northern towns showed day temperatures reaching over +40 °C (104 °F), which is not normal in the Bangladeshi summer. Additionally, there was a high level of humidity.

Nepal

A heat wave affected the livelihood of a large number of poverty-stricken families who depend on day outdoor labour done outdoors, such as constructing roads, driving rickshaws, selling vegetables, making quilts and farming. According to the government's Department of Meteorology the temperature in Nepalganjmarker got up as high as +44 °C (111 °F). It is estimated that at least 11 people died.

Pakistan

The heat wave over Pakistan was claimed to have brought the death toll there up to 192. The meteorological department registered a record maximum temperature of +52 °C (126 °F) in Sibimarker. Four people died as the temperature in Lahoremarker touched +48 °C (118 °F) on June 9, which was a record for the previous 78 years.

Russia

The heat waves hit Russia at the end of May. The temperature in Moscowmarker reached +32.9 °C (91.2 °F) on May 27. The Russian capital had not seen such a sustained heat wave for 128 years. On May 28 an absolute temperature record for May was set, breaking the record of +31.8 °C (89.2 °F) that had been registered back in 1891. The heat also affected agriculture, wiping out about 5,000 km² of spring sown fields.

Animals at Moscow Zoomarker found it hard to keep cool. Staff had to prevent walruses from bathing in their pool because the water was too warm for them.

China

Beijing opened up its warren of old air raid shelters to help people escape from the heat. The heat also set off explosives at a chemical plant in Shanximarker. The explosions injured hundreds of people nearby.

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