A heatwave likened to "hell" has been sweeping across Europe disrupting normal life and claiming lives. Forecasters have warned of the record breaking heatwave in the continent in the coming days.
A cloudy sky and gusty winds in Delhi kept the mercury in check, with the national capital recording a maximum temperature of 33 degrees Celsius -- six notches below the normal.
In sharp contrast to Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir's summer capital Srinagar recorded a maximum temperature of 29.2 degrees Celsius.
The highest peak demand registered in the discom's area last year was 1,967 MW, said TPDDL, which supplies electricity to north and northwest parts of Delhi.
As per Indian Meterological department, 'severe heat wave' conditions are likely to prevail in several parts of Telangana.
Delhi witnessed a spell of pre-monsoon weather activities on May 3 with dust storm, rain and thundershowers.
Owing to the extreme heat wave conditions and delayed monsoons, the district administration in Lucknow has already extended the summer vacations by two days.
On Wednesday, day temperatures were below normal in Faizabad, Lucknow, Agra, Bareilly and Meerut divisions. Orai was the hottest place in the state, where mercury touched 46.5 degree Celsius, the MeT department said.
The prevalent situation has forced people to buy water at exorbitant prices. A majority of localities in the city get potable water only once a week.
The heat wave in North India claimed a life on Monday after a labourer died from heat stroke in Punjab's Kapurthala.
The pre-monsoon months this year - March, April and May - will be warmer than normal and the heat wave will hit 16 states, apart from Delhi, earlier due to various reasons, the IMD said.
Chandigarh, May 22: Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh today continued to reel under sizzling temperatures as severe heat wave continued to sweep the region. According to the MeT Department sources, the maximum temperatures across the two