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Western disturbance rescues Delhi, breaks scorching day, night streak

Delhi's 11-day heatwave broke as cool winds lowered temperatures. Maximum temp dropped to 40°C, ending longest warm night streak in 13 years.

Several stations in the Capital clocked temperatures below 40°C on Thursday: 39.6°C at Palam, 39.4°C at Lodhi Road and 38.6°C at Ridge. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 21, 2024 12:36 AM IST

Longest heat spell for Delhi in 13 years: IMD

To put this number in context, 2022 clocked the most heatwave days till now, when 13 such days were recorded over March, April, May and June, officials said.

As far as data beyond 2022 is concerned, the years 2017 and 2014 recorded the most heatwave days in the corresponding period at seven each. (Vipin Kumar/HT)
Updated on Jun 21, 2024 12:39 AM IST

Delhi’s hottest night in 55 years in a summer without respite

The city’s power demand also surged to a new high of 8,656 megawatts, setting a record for a second consecutive day on Wednesday, said data from local discoms

As temperatures rise in Delhi-NCR, commuters cover their heads to escape the heat (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 20, 2024 01:11 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Sweltering heat routs Delhi’s animals, birds

Birds and reptiles have been the most impacted during this period, and Delhi’s forest department is refilling around 450 of its watering holes and check dams across Delhi’s Ridge areas to provide ample water supply for the fauna there

Pigeons flock to the fountain at Central Park in Connaught Place to get respite from heat. (Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 20, 2024 05:50 AM IST

Delhi improves rate of drawing groundwater

Out of the 34 tehsils in Delhi, 13 were classified as “over-exploited” in 2023, down from 15 recorded in 2022, the report said

The number of safe tehsils now stands at five, as compared to four in 2022, the report added, calling for Delhi to further improve its water conservation practices. (HT File)
Updated on Jun 19, 2024 07:32 AM IST

Delhi’s power demand sets a new record at 8,600MW amid severe heatwave

Tuesday was the 30th consecutive day that Delhi’s peak power demand was over 7,000MW – the longest such streak for the Capital, showed discom data.

The Capital’s power demand first crossed the 8,000mw mark on May 22. (HT File)
Updated on Jun 19, 2024 08:31 AM IST

5th straight warm night in Delhi, docs report spike in heat cases

Delhi experiences oppressive heatwave with a record minimum temperature of 33.8°C, leading to a spike in heat-related illnesses. Relief expected with light rain.

The maximum was 44°C — five above normal, even as the “Heat Index” or “real feel” temperature was 51°C, a notch higher than Monday. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 19, 2024 05:46 AM IST

Delhi govt to upgrade 7 forests in city, develop 3

Last year, the forest department listed 16 parameters, based on which it will upgrade its city forests

New Delhi, India - June 28, 2023: Trees planted inside the Insaaf Bagh created after the orders from Delhi High Court at Central Ridge near Buddha Garden in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, June 28, 2023. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)**To go with Richa's Story (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 18, 2024 05:24 AM IST

Only 42.5% trees transplanted in Delhi survived: Forest department

The Delhi Tree Transplantation Policy, 2020, mandates a survival rate of 80% at all sites, which means none of the seven sites met this target

The worst survival rate was observed at the DTU campus where only 12.61% of the transplanted trees survived. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 17, 2024 06:08 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Heatwave warning scaled up to ‘red’ alert in Delhi

Delhi faces third warm night, eighth heatwave day, and 35th day above 40°C. Red alert issued by Met office. Relief expected with thunderstorm on Thursday.

Vendors take rest in the shade of a tree on a hot summer day in New Delhi on Sunday. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 17, 2024 04:56 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Delhi: Sizzling nights add woes inflicted by scorching days

Friday recorded a minimum temperature of 33.3°C – the highest it has been in the month of June in six years.

Forecast for Saturday shows Delhi is likely to record heatwave conditions yet again. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 15, 2024 10:11 AM IST

Planting trees, controlling dust in Delhi govt’s 12-point air plan

Delhi govt introduces 12-point summer action plan to combat pollution, focusing on tree plantation, dust control, and revising tree transplantation policy.

Dust seen in the air on Kartavya Path in New Delhi. (Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 14, 2024 04:35 AM IST

Fire at UP sub-station hits power in large parts of Delhi

Power outages hit several Delhi due to a fire at a substation in Uttar Pradesh, affecting traffic signals and water treatment plants.

Power minister Atishi. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 12, 2024 12:53 AM IST

Air quality in summer stayed poor but govt yet to spell action plan

Government officials said that there was a delay in announcing a new plan this year due to the recently held Lok Sabha elections

According to official data, more than one third days in the summer months this year, the air quality has stayed in the poor or very poor zone. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Published on Jun 11, 2024 04:33 PM IST

First stn of Delhi Metro phase 4 likely to open next month

Krishna Park Extension Metro station on Delhi Metro's Magenta Line phase 4 expansion set to open by July/August, pending CMRS approval.

Finishing touches at the Krishna Park Extension station. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 11, 2024 12:40 PM IST

Delhi records driest first five months since 2018: IMD data

Delhi experienced its driest start to the year since 2018 with only 44.7mm of rainfall in the first five months, impacting temperatures and monsoon predictions.

Experts attributed the poor rainfall to the lack of active western disturbances this year, which in turn also caused higher-than-normal temperature through most of northwest India. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 08, 2024 01:55 AM IST

12-day heatwave streak in Delhi abates after light rain

The weather fluctuations also dipped Delhi’s minimum by nearly six degrees to 24.6°C, three degrees below normal

IMD data showed that till 8.30 am on Thursday, Ayanagar recorded 3.8mm of rainfall. (Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 07, 2024 05:52 AM IST

Two chinkara at Delhi zoo fight for dominance, 1 dies

An official alleged that the zoo administration removed staff from night duty from some enclosures, including the antelope enclosure, where the infighting occurred

Following the death of the antelope, the Delhi zoo is now left with eight chinkara. (File Photo)
Updated on Jun 04, 2024 05:28 AM IST

Residents complain against iconic 56-year-old Delhi eatery

Residents alleged that Rajinder da Dhaba is causing both noise and air pollution in the area through its gensets and tandoors that both function in the open

Rajinder Da Dhaba at Safdarjung Enclave in New Delhi on Monday. The plea was filed by the Onkar Singh, the president of the AB Block Market Welfare Association, against the popular eatery that was established in 1968 as a fish and egg fry stall. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 04, 2024 05:24 AM IST

Heatwave: Delhi's May 2024 was hottest since May 2013

Narela in north Delhi was hottest location in the city on Thursday, logging a maximum temperature of 49.2°C, followed by 49°C at both Mungeshpur and Najafgarh.

Tourists near India Gate shield themselves from the scorching sun on Thursday afternoon. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on May 31, 2024 04:25 AM IST

Life in Mungeshpur, India’s hottest place, for now

Around 3pm on Wednesday, the temperature in Mungeshpur hit 52.3°C. It was the hottest place in the city, also shattering India’s heat record

A woman splashes water on her face on a hot summer day amid a searing heatwave in Delhi on Wednesday. (PTI Photo)
Updated on May 30, 2024 11:36 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Max hits 45.8°C in Delhi on hottest day of season, closes in on 50°C in parts

Two weather stations in outer Delhi — Narela and Mungeshpur — came close to breaching the 50-degree mark on Tuesday

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast similar weather to prevail in Delhi-NCR on Wednesday as well. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on May 29, 2024 08:49 AM IST

Another searing day for Delhi, max still above 45°C

Delhi also recorded a fairly warm minimum, with the minimum temperature settling at 29.2°C, three notches above normal

Significant rise in mercury has marked the arrival of Summers in full swing as delhiites uses colourful gears to protect themselves from heat waves in New Delhi, India (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 28, 2024 01:41 AM IST

Delhi baby hospital fire: Disaster officials asked for fire-risk audit last week

NDMA in a review meeting on May 22 had directed Delhi to carry out an audit of all hospitals and coaching centres in the city.

The New Born Baby Care Hospital at Vivek Vihar in east Delhi, where a blaze led to the death of at least six infants. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 27, 2024 04:49 AM IST
By, Jayashree Nandi

‘Real feel’ temperature in Delhi rises to 50°C as humidity worsens torrid summer

Humid easterly winds brought discomfort to Delhi despite a slight temperature drop. Heat index reached 50°C. Relief not expected soon. Orange alert issued.

New Delhi, India - May 23, 2024: Girl covering her face with scarf During harsh sunlight on hot and bright summer afternoon, at Pandav nagar in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, May 23, 2024. (Photo by Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 24, 2024 07:25 AM IST

As Delhi swelters, city’s power demand hits record 8,000MW

The previous high, recorded on Tuesday, was 7,717MW, preceded by a demand of 7,695MW in June 2022.

New Delhi, India - May 20, 2024: Visitors brave the Heat Wave in hot summer at Kartvaya Pathlawns , in New Delhi, India, on Monday, May 20, 2024. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 23, 2024 06:30 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Accused in scams to be forced to return every penny, says Modi in Delhi

PM Modi vows to return looted money by corrupt politicians to the people if re-elected. AAP accuses him of cheating, failing on pre-poll promises.

PM Narendra Modi in Delhi on Wednesday. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on May 23, 2024 06:18 AM IST

Delhi power demand rises to record level for second day in a row

Discoms said a combination of AI and ML models were used to forecast the expected demand, coupled with long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs), helped them handle the all-time high load without any power cut

People flock to buy water coolers at Kamla Market. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on May 23, 2024 06:10 AM IST

Heatwave alert for 4 days in Delhi, govt tells schools to call early vacations

Delhi sweltered under a heatwave as temperatures soared above 46°C, prompting a red alert extension till Friday and school closures for summer vacations.

A man sprays cold water on his face in Ahmedabad. (REUTERS)
Updated on May 21, 2024 04:53 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Election Commission takes measures to fight heatwave on polling day in Delhi

Delhi’s chief electoral officer (CEO) P Krishnamurthy said the poll panel has listed out certain facilities that would be provided at all the polling booths

IMD has a heatwave alert in place till Friday and could extend it further in the coming days, officials said. (ANI)
Updated on May 21, 2024 12:35 AM IST
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