Delhi sizzles, power demand highest ever (Lead)

August 2nd, 2011 - 9:31 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 2 (IANS) There seems to be no respite from the scorching heat this season, with the maximum temperature Tuesday at 38.2 degrees Celsius, the highest in the last five years in August so far. The rising mercury also resulted in the highest ever power demand in the capital.

While the maximum temperature was four notches above average for this time of the season, the minimum settled at 28.9 degrees, two degrees above average.

“The maximum temperature today (Tuesday) is the highest in August so far in last five years,” said an official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

The hot and humid weather also resulted in massive increase in power demand.

“The power demand in Delhi today was the highest ever. The demand touched peak of 5,028 MW in the afternoon, compared to 4,994 MW recorded on June 24 last year,” said an official of a power distribution company.

Humidity wavered between 85 and 55 percent.

Delhiites, meanwhile, were reeling under the heat and humidity.

“It was really humid and I was sweating even while the desert cooler was working. I hope it rains in coming days,” said Sangeeta Agarwal, a housewife.

Residents also blamed the weather department for giving them false hopes of rains everyday.

“Whenever you check the weather forecast, you can see that it would rain in Delhi, but it doesn’t. I don’t understand why our weather forecasting system can’t be accurate,” said Mishika Rathi, a college student.

Meanwhile, the weather department has forecast light showers in the next 24 hours, with the maximum and minimum temperatures settling around 36 and 29 degrees Celsius, respectively.

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