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Delhi's power demand hits record high of 8000 MW amid severe heatwave

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast ongoing heatwave conditions with severe levels in some areas, issuing a red alert for the next four days. Maximum temperatures are expected to range from 44 to 47 degrees Celsius.

Edited By: Nitin Kumar @Niitz1 New Delhi Updated on: May 22, 2024 17:55 IST

Amid a severe heatwave, Delhi's peak power demand crossed 8000 megawatts (MW) on Wednesday, marking the highest demand ever recorded in the national capital. On Tuesday afternoon, the demand had already surged to an all-time high of 7717 MW, officials reported. The previous all-time high peak power demand in Delhi was recorded at 7,695 MW on June 29, 2022. The current surge in demand underscores the extreme heat conditions the city is experiencing.

Heatwave conditions and weather alerts

Delhi is currently enduring an intense heatwave, with temperatures steadily rising. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted continued heatwave conditions across many parts of Delhi, with severe conditions in some areas. A red alert has been issued for the next four days, with maximum temperatures expected to range between 44 to 47 degrees Celsius.

Government response

During a press conference, Delhi minister and AAP leader Atishi highlighted the government’s efforts to manage the power supply. "Despite the peak power demand crossing over 7000 megawatts, Delhi has managed to supply 24-hour electricity. Yesterday, the temperature reached 48 degrees. The Kejriwal government ensured there were no power cuts or load shedding," Atishi stated.

She further assured that the government and the Discoms are prepared to meet the rising demand.

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