Heatwave: All previous summer records are being broken!


All previous summer records are being broken!


The maximum temperature in Ayanagar the national capital was recorded at 45.7 degrees Celsius, which is four degrees above normal. The weather station recorded a temperature of 47.4 degrees Celsius on May 28, 1988, which was the highest between 1967 and 2024. Delhi's base station Safdarjung recorded the highest maximum temperature of 47.2 degrees Celsius on May 29, 1944, which was the highest temperature recorded at a weather station. Records have been kept at Safdarjung Base Station since 1931. The maximum temperature of 48.4 degrees Celsius was recorded on 26 May 1998 at Palam station located near the international airport. Palam has records dating back to 1956.

Where is the temperature except in Delhi?

In Rajasthan, the mercury reached 46.3 degrees in Ganganagar, 46.1 degrees in Barmer, 45.8 degrees in Kota, 45.5 degrees in Churu, and 44.8 degrees in Bikaner. In Madhya Pradesh, Ratlam and Nowgong recorded a maximum temperature of 45.5 degrees Celsius, followed by 45.2 degrees in Datia, 44.8 degrees in Khajuraho, and 44.7 degrees in Gwalior. In Haryana, Sirsa recorded a maximum temperature of 47.2 degrees Celsius, followed by 46.8 degrees in Nuh, 46.2 degrees in Faridabad, 45.9 degrees in Jhajjar and 45.7 degrees in Bhiwani and Narnaul. Chandigarh, the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana, recorded a maximum temperature of 43.2 degrees Celsius. In Punjab, Amritsar recorded a maximum temperature of 44.5 degrees Celsius while Ludhiana recorded 43.6 degrees Celsius.

Delhi government ordered the immediate closure of schools

The Delhi government has asked those private and government-aided schools, which are conducting them despite summer holidays, to close classes with immediate effect. The Directorate of Education said in a circular that all schools have been instructed to keep summer vacation from May 11 to June 30 for this academic year. The circular states, 'All government schools are closed from May 11. However, it has been observed that some government-aided and unaided private schools are open even during the scorching heat. Therefore, heads of all government-aided and unaided private schools in Delhi are advised to close the schools for summer vacation with immediate effect.

Electricity demand reached a record level

In the scorching heat, the electricity demand also reached its highest level in May. Data from the State Load Dispatch Centre, Delhi, showed that the maximum demand for electricity at 3:33 pm was 7,572 MW. This was the highest-ever power demand in Delhi in May. It is also higher than the maximum power demand recorded on August 22 last year - 7,438 MW.

Schools closed till the 8th in Noida-Ghaziabad

Given the rising mercury and the effect of heat waves, the DM in Noida and Ghaziabad has closed all the schools from primary to eighth class.

As per the rules, the administration has written a letter and issued this information to all the schools. This includes all the schools of CBSE, ICSE, and UP Board. The mercury reached almost 46 degrees in Noida on Sunday. It is likely to increase further. According to meteorologists, there is a possibility of heat waves increasing even more in the coming days. Along with this, the mercury is also likely to rise continuously.

According to the Meteorological Department, there are chances of severe heat waves in the coming two to three days. District Magistrates have issued orders in Noida and Ghaziabad regarding the rising mercury of heat. According to the order of DM Manish Verma in Noida, all schools have been instructed that all schools up to class 8 will remain closed, which includes CBSE, ICSE, and UP Board as well as private schools. In the letter issued in Noida, no date has been given for when the holiday has been declared. On the other hand, Ghaziabad District Magistrate has issued a letter and instructed to close all schools till 25 May.

Heavy rain in Kerala-Tamil Nadu

While large parts of North India are experiencing scorching heat, southern states like Kerala and Tamil Nadu are experiencing heavy rains, signaling the onset of the southwest monsoon later this month. The Kerala government has also put hospitals on alert to avoid the outbreak of the epidemic given heavy rains. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, and Idukki districts and has predicted extremely heavy rain on Monday and Tuesday.