The mercury touched a blistering 45ºC on Wednesday as Delhi recorded its hottest day of the season so far and the demand for power shot up to an all-time high.
There will be no respite on Thursday as the weatherman has predicted the maximum temperature will stay at the 45ºC-mark. “May-end is usually the hottest time in the city. In 2010 too, the temperature touched 45ºC four times during this period.
This heat, therefore, is not unusual,” said a senior Met department official. With the temperature rising, the demand for power also rose to 5,155 mega watt on Wednesday — an all-time high for the Capital that eclipsed the 5,032MW record set only five days ago, when the mercury touched 44ºC.