In the third week of June, the power demand has improved due to intensifying heat wave, and it hovered around 162 GW from June 15 onwards, and further shot up to 164.64 GW on Friday (June 19), as per the power ministry data.
North India, particularly Delhi, has been bearing the brunt with IMD officials saying Cyclone Amphan is the reason behind rise in mercury levels.
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Farmers in the district have started hitting the fields at 4 am, when the temperature is a little over 35 degrees Celsius
The weatherman said scorching heat will continue tomorrow as well, but added there is possibility of thundershowers with strong gusty winds on May 30.
IMD officials have attributed the heat wave to hot winds from the West and dearth of moisture in the air. They have also pointed out to a possibility of thunderstorm in the next week which will provide momentary relief.
Heat wave conditions prevailed in areas of the Bikaner, Kota, Udaipur and Jodhpur divisions.
"As predicted, the heat wave in Maharashtra has subsided with most of the regions reporting a minor rise in the day and night temperature," the Meteorological department stated in a release.
After facing a 'moderate heat wave', Maharashtra is likely to have some relief from the scorching heat as the temperatures are expected to subside in the next two days, the Met department said.
While individuals will face the heat, quite literally, one sector to be a big beneficiary is the fan and air conditioning industry. And that has already reflected on the stocks of these firms, some of which clocked 52-week highs on Thursday.
The progress of southwest monsoon is relatively slow as it is not getting a favourable system to move forward, but days of heat wave condition in central and northwest India will soon be over as pre-monsoon showers will bring moisture in the air, Met department said on June 13
No heat wave was observed in the country with pre-monsoon torrential rains occurring in some parts as coastal state of Goa looks set to get its first monsoon showers this season in the next two days
The heat wave continued across Haryana and Punjab on May 19 with Hisar sizzling at 46 degrees Celsius.
Delhi's power demand on May 19 broke all previous records, breaching the 6,000 MW mark for the first time, even as residents across several areas of the megapolis sweated out owing to outages in the midst of a tormenting heat wave
While 3 CM rainfall was recorded at Araku Valley in Visakhapatnam district, dry weather prevailed over Rayalaseema, Y K Reddy, Director in-charge, IMD said in a statement here today.
India's hottest months are May and June, but some states have already registered temperatures in excess of 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), forcing authorities to take emergency steps.
BP Yadav, director, Indian Meterological Department says the heat wave impacting central parts of India has subsided and temperatures have cooled.
Expect no relief atleast for the next 48 hours, says the MET department.
Heat wave unabated in UP