Delhi sizzles as temperatures rise

June 24th, 2009 - 9:20 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 24 (IANS) An ever increasing mercury level, topped with power cuts, made Delhiites reel under the scorching heat Wednesday. Met officials predict that the heat wave is here to stay.
“The heat wave conditions will continue over the next few days and temperatures will rise, even if marginally,” the Safdarjung Met Office said.

The maximum temperature recorded Wednesday was five degrees above the average, at 43.9 degrees Celsius, while the minimum was three notches above average at 31.7 degrees Celsius.

A power department official said: “Delhi suffered load shedding of nearly 200 MW Wednesday.”

“Delhi has been facing a gap of more than 200 MW of power between availability and demand against national shortage of more than 5,000 MW due to prolonged heat wave and abnormal day-time maximum temperature and delay in arrival of the monsoon,” said an official statement here.

“This has resulted in outages and power cuts in different localities during different time durations. It is feared that this problem may continue in case heat wave conditions prevail in the coming days,” the statement said.

The Met department has predicted the maximum temperature to rise to 44 degrees Celsius and the minimum to 33 degrees Celsius Thursday.

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