New Delhi Faces Record-Breaking Heat Wave with Severe Weather Alert


New Delhi: As the scorching heat intensifies, New Delhi and several states in North India are bracing for an extreme heat wave. The Meteorological Department has issued a “red alert” for Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh, warning of soaring temperatures in the coming days. On Friday, parts of New Delhi reported a blistering 47.1 degrees Celsius (116 degrees Fahrenheit). Nearby states, including Punjab, Haryana, and Rajasthan, are also experiencing sweltering conditions and are expected to remain hot.

Health Precautions Urged:

  • Stay Indoors: The India Meteorological Department advises people to avoid outdoor activities during peak afternoon hours.
  • Hydrate: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Loose Clothing: Wear loose-fitting clothes to mitigate the effects of extreme heat.
  • Vulnerable Populations: Elderly individuals and others at risk should take extra precautions.

Impact on Elections:

  • The heat wave coincides with a 6-week-long general election. Voters waiting in long lines and candidates campaigning outdoors face increased health risks.
  • Last month, a minister fainted during an election rally in Maharashtra due to the heat.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and opposition leader Rahul Gandhi are expected to hold rallies in New Delhi ahead of the city’s May 25 polls.

Rising Power Demand:

  • New Delhi’s power demand reached an all-time high of 7,717 MW on Tuesday afternoon as air conditioners ran at full blast.
  • The estimated peak demand for this summer is around 8,200 MW.
  • Resident welfare associations have requested that polling booths be equipped with coolers, fans, cold drinking water, and medical assistance to combat the heat.

Climate Change Impact:

  • Extreme heat in South Asia during the pre-monsoon season has become more frequent.
  • A study by World Weather Attribution found that climate change made the April heat wave at least 45 times more likely in parts of Asia.
  • As temperatures soar, water shortages exacerbate the situation for millions of people in India.

Stay safe and take necessary precautions during this intense heat wave!