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No sweat, a not-so-hot summer this time

After last year's scorcher, Delhi residents can look forward to a less severe summer this year. Unlike last year's heat waves often taking the mercury up to 5° Celsius above normal, the worst this year is not expected go beyond 2° above normal, officials at the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

delhi Updated: Apr 11, 2011 00:42 IST
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After last year's scorcher, Delhi residents can look forward to a less severe summer this year. Unlike last year's heat waves often taking the mercury up to 5° Celsius above normal, the worst this year is not expected go beyond 2° above normal, officials at the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

Though maximum temperatures may be a little above normal on occasions, no records are expected to be broken, they said.

"The maximum temperature in March this year was around 36 degrees. Last year, it went up to 39°. The difference is visible even now. April will also be cooler," said IMD director SC Bhan.

The maximum temperature in April last year was 44° and the mercury had touched 45.4 in May.

IMD officials also expect a normal monsoon this year.

There's some bad news, though. Delhi may face a power shortage of around 500 megawatts in the coming months, resulting in outages.