India recorded its hottest day on the books on Thursday amid a scorching heatwave and \u0022staggering\u0022 number of farmer suicides.Sizzling at 51 degrees Celsius (123.8 degrees F), the temperature in the city of Phalodi in the western state of Rajasthan topped the nation\u0026#039;s previous record of 50.6 Celsius set in 1956.CNN reports:The IMD [India Meteorological Department] has issued a red-level alert for Rajasthan as well as for other states like Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, where temperatures, despite not having crossed the 50-degree mark, are higher than average.India has recorded higher than normal temperatures throughout 2016.Many areas are experiencing severe heat waves and state governments estimate more than 370 people killed so far.And relief isn\u0026#039;t coming soon.\u0022Severe heatwave conditions will prevail in north, west India and central India for the next 10 days,\u0022 the IMD warns.According to Laxman Singh Rathore, director general of the IMD, look to climate change for the cause in the increasing temperatures. \u0022It has been observed that since 2001, places in northern India, especially in Rajasthan, are witnessing a rising temperature trend every year. The main reason is the excessive use of energy and emission of carbon dioxide. Factors like urbanization and industrialization too have added to the global warming phenomenon,\u0022 he stated.Weeks of high temperatures have \u0022also led to acute water shortage in many areas of central and western India which has seen water riots, government-monitored rationing and armed guards at reservoirs,\u0022 the Hindustan Times reports.There is a prolonged drought as well, withering crops and sprouting hopelessness in farmers.\u0022Constant failure of crops. Very low produce. He couldn\u0026#039;t recover the investments, could not pay back the bank loans. That\u0026#039;s why he killed himself,\u0022 said the brother of 41-year-old cotton and sugarcane farmer Srikrishna Pandit Agee who hanged himself this month.His was among the roughly 400 farmer suicides that have already occurred since the beginning of the year.Dnyaneshwar Jadhav says his brother Tukaram, a small cotton farmer in the state of Maharashtra, took his own life over the distress of loans and failed crop yields. \u0022When I look into the well, I feel like dying. Life is such a struggle,\u0022 Dnyaneshwar said to NPR. \u0022We used to earn over $300 for our cotton, we now get less than $100 because the yield is so small.\u0022Last year offers a grim picture of what could be in store.In 2015, after a heatwave claimed the lives of some 2,500 people and was followed by low monsoon rains, India\u0026#039;s earth sciences minister said, \u0022Let us not fool ourselves that there is no connection between the unusual number of deaths from the ongoing heat wave and the certainty of another failed monsoon.\u0022\u0022It\u0026#039;s not just an unusually hot summer, it is climate change,\u0022 he said at the time.