In the midst of a brutal heat wave sweeping northwest India, the maximum temperature in Gurgaon surpassed 45 degrees. According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the maximum temperature today was 45.6 degrees Celsius.
The high temperatures in Gurgaon come on the same day that the National Weather Service issued a warning that five states will have their “hottest summer ever.” Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Odisha have all been issued a heat wave warning.
“Maximum temperatures would most certainly rise by around 2 degrees Celsius over most regions of Northwest India over the next three days, then fall by about 2 degrees Celsius,” the Indian Meteorological Department predicted.
The IMD also stated that the heatwave could cause “moderate” health issues for vulnerable persons in affected locations, including as babies, the elderly, and people with chronic diseases. The highest temperature in New Delhi today was 43.5 degrees Celsius.
The absence of active western disturbances over north India and any big system over south India has resulted in higher-than-normal temperatures in northwest India since March last week, according to weather experts. Last week, gloomy weather brought relief to the region due to the influence of a western disturbance over Afghanistan.
A heatwave warning has been issued for the national capital, which will begin on April 28. The national capital’s and surrounding areas’ power demand has increased dramatically as the temperature has risen.
For the first time in April, Delhi’s power consumption surpassed 6,000 megawatts on Thursday. Rajasthan has scheduled four hours of factory power outages, making it at least the third state, following Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh, to halt industrial production in order to manage rising power demand during a scorching heat wave