A water service company also urged its three million customers to turn the taps off when brushing their teeth.
The weekend's soaring temperatures were the peak of a June heatwave in line with scientists' predictions that such phenomena will now strike earlier in the year thanks to global warming
Summertime pollutants include wind-blown dust, fossil and dirty fuels, vehicular emission, industrial activities, construction dust, ground-level ozone and biomass burning.
Northwest India was reeling under a heatwave spell since June 2 and central India since June 10 due to an onslaught of hot and dry westerly winds.
According to discom officials, peak electricity consumption in the national capital reached 7,334 MW on Wednesday afternoon, the highest level ever in June, due to increased usage of cooling equipment to combat the extreme heat.
Signs of heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and heat stroke, and how to prevent adverse health outcomes due to high temperatures.
Banda and Fatehgarh in Uttar Pradesh were the hottest places in the country as they recorded the highest maximum temperatures of 46.8 degrees Celsius and 46.4 degrees Celsius respectively.
Yellow alert for heatwave: According to the IMD, a heatwave is declared when when an area logs a maximum temperature of 45 degrees Celsius.
The minimum temperature in Delhi on Saturday settled at 28.7 degrees Celsius, a notch above normal, the India Meteorological Depart..
The world's second biggest producer of wheat banned private overseas sales of the grain on May 14 after a scorching heat wave curtailed output and domestic prices hit a record high. Global wheat prices surged after the decision.
The Ukraine crisis and global supply chain disruptions have stoked prices worldwide, but people in developing countries such as India are more vulnerable to even small cost increases that can wreck their meagre budgets.
Skymet has predicted that Northern regions such as South Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, parts of Odisha, and isolated pockets of Rajasthan may experience a heatwave in the next 48 hours.
India has traditionally seen peak demand late in the evening when people head back home but that has shifted to mid-afternoon when temperatures are hottest, government data shows, driven by record residential daytime use, a pick up in industrial work, and more use of irrigation pumps to tap higher solar supply.
The study estimated the chances of exceeding the record temperature witnessed in April and May in 2010 — which saw the highest combined average April and May temperature since 1900.
The expectation that a dearth in one food basket would always be counterbalanced with surfeits in other ones had seemed trustworthy. Unfortunately, a changing climate shifts those expectations
New CII President Sanjiv Bajaj spoke to Moneycontrol at length about the trade body's 10-point growth agenda.
According to a Skymet weather update, heavy to moderate rainfall is expected in south Karnataka, and Kerala, even as Northern states like Madhya Pradesh and Bihar will continue to bear the brunt of heatwave.
The sun’s heat and light reach urban and rural areas in the same way but the difference in temperature is mainly because of the surfaces in each environment and how they absorb and hold heat
The government argues the ban will simply redirect Indian wheat to countries that need it most. Officials told Moneycontrol that the decision was deeply unpopular among all stakeholder-ministries. It was chosen by the PMO after no feasible alternative was found to control prices and shore up procurement
This comes in the backdrop of wheat production estimated for 2022-23 now falling to 105 million tonnes, from the earlier 113.5 million tonnes estimated.
Bengaluru's maximum temperature on May 12 was 23 degrees Celsius, making it the coldest day in the month of May in the last 10 years.
Government plans to push wheat exports, even as domestic prices reach decadal highs, raising retail prices of Atta as well.
The sudden fall in wheat yields due to the heatwave across North India, and continuing bulk purchases by traders eyeing exports, have led to government procurement slowing down. If the situation persists, restrictions could become inevitable soon, say officials.
The minimum temperature settled at 28 degrees Celsius, three notches more than normal.