With the mercury on the rise, Delhiites turned on their power-guzzling cooling gadgets and consequently took the demand for electricity to the highest ever at 4581 MW on Monday.
Around 2.50 pm, as the temperature soared to 43.4 degrees Celsius, the peak demand for electric power went past the earlier headline number of 4408 MW — until then the highest ever, recorded on July 8 last year. In entire May last year the highest it peaked in was 4136 MW.
Good part is Delhi was able to meet the demand without much ado. Temperatures have been rising steadily since Friday.
The minimum temperature too, at 30.2 degrees Celsius, was around five degrees above normal, while the maximum was a couple of notches higher than their long-term average for this time of the season.
The BBC Weather, however, has predicted major relief in the form of heavy rain and thundershowers on Friday.