How hot is it inside when there’s a heatwave outside?

New studies present scientific evidence on how poor households experience deadly indoor temperatures and are thus more vulnerable to heatwaves.

The honest answer to this question that I (and I assume, many of you) have is something like 25 degrees Celsius. That’s because most of us use air conditioners or devices like desert coolers to beat the heat. Some of us may even be living in houses whose roofs are not directly exposed to sunlight, or have trees and other vegetation nearby.

So, what would the inside temperature be without an AC or a cooler? Without even a ceiling fan? With no ventilation? And a tin roof exposed to the sun? How about a house with a concrete roof located …


Nihar Gokhale

Nihar Gokhale led the Chaos coverage at The Morning Context. Nihar wrote on the environment, the economy and resource conflicts in India. He has reported from across the country on everything from displacement, pollution and environmental violations to land regulation, corruption and human rights. He was earlier associate editor at Land Conflict Watch, and his work has appeared in Scroll, The Wire, IndiaSpend, The Caravan and Mongabay India.

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