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Event Details

Heatwave event report

Category: Heatwave
Observation: 17.05.2011
Continent: Asia
Country: India
Location: Statewide
Severity: Hight
Event details
Delhiites scurried for shade and the comfort of their offices and homes as the mercury zoomed to the season’s highest of 44.1 degrees Celsius. Those who ventured out during the scorching May afternoon carried umbrellas and covered their heads and faces to avoid the worst of the blistering sun. Worst made the day for them where load shedding and power outages were reported. Though the peak power demand of Tuesday was met at 4,356 MW, it was still less than the peak demand couple of days ago when it crossed 4,500 MW in the national Capital. With the temperature reaching the season’s highest in the Capital, remaining part of the north Indian plains also kept experiencing sweltering weather conditions. Blistering heat continued to sweep Punjab and large parts of Haryana, with Amritsar sweating it out at 44 degrees Celsius, three degrees above normal. Intense heat prevailed in Ludhiana and Chandigarh with a high of 43.4 degrees and 40.4 degrees respectively. Residents of Delhi will have to put up with the sizzling heat for at least another day as the weatherman predicted that the maximum temperature on Wednesday is likely to be around 44 degrees Celsius. The Met department has said that the humidity oscillated between 19 per cent and 68 per cent. Commuters searched for shade to park their vehicles while vendors covered the fruit and vegetables on their carts with moistened gunny sacks. “It was very hot. I could feel my face burning when I was in the market at Janpath. If I had my way, I would not venture out at all during the day in summer,” said Priyanka Sharma, a housewife and resident of south Delhi. Last year, the maximum had touched 45.4 degrees Celsius on May 18, the highest in the past 10 years for the month. The highest maximum temperature for May was 47.2 degrees Celsius recorded in the summer of 1944. With temperature scaling most of the parts of the Capital, there were reports of load shedding ranging from one to four hours. Areas in South, East and North Delhi faced outages for up to three hours while residents in several localities in West Delhi complained of power cuts for four hours. “It was double whammy for us, the temperature was rising and there was no power in our locality for four hours. I have decided to spend some time with my family at home as it was holiday but with no power supply, it turned out to be a bad day,” said Jeetender Khullar, a resident of Janakpuri. The power cuts continued to haunt the city even as Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday directed private discoms to ensure uninterrupted supply of power, saying there was no gap between demand and supply. In Haryana, Bhiwani was the hottest at 43 degrees as the temperature went up two notches. In Ambala, mercury climbed to 39.6 degrees, while the maximum at Karnal was 39 degrees. Even in hill State of Uttarakhand, the day reading was near 40-degree mark at some places, with Dehradun residents sweating at 38 degrees. Mercury also soared to 46 degrees C in parts of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. There was no respite as sultry condition persisted. People of the deserts — Rajasthan were badly affected lot as the liquid silver climbed as high as 46.7 degrees C in Churu. Pink City Jaipur was scorching with 43.4 degree C. In Jhalawar, it was recorded 46 degree C and 45.4 degree C was in Sriganganagar. Heat wave sweeping Bikaner and Kota divisions continued to affect normal life as residents preferred to stay indoors during the day. Even in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, temperature remained above 40 degrees mark in almost all the districts. Lucknow experienced a maximum of 41.8 degrees. The day reading in Allahabad was 43.9 degrees, while in Kanpur and Varanasi it was 43.2 and 43.6 degrees respectively. Banda recorded 46.6 degrees during the day, which was registered as hottest place in UP. In Jammu, during the day, mercury climbed as high as 42 degrees, but it was relatively cooler in Srinagar where the maximum was 31 degrees. Shimla also had a cool day with mercury staying at 29 degrees during the afternoon.
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