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Mercury hits 45.7OC,heatwave to worsen today

The continuing heatwave in the capital pushed the mercury higher on Thursday,with Palam recording a maximum of 47.2 degree Celsius,the highest so far this year.

The continuing heatwave in the capital pushed the mercury higher on Thursday,with Palam recording a maximum of 47.2 degree Celsius,the highest so far this year. Meanwhile,Safdarjung’s maximum temperature remained at 45.7 degree Celsius,six degrees higher than the average temperature for this time of year.

Even the minimum temperature recorded in Safdarjung — 31.5 degree Celsius — was five degrees higher than the average temperature for this time of year.

Due to an increase in temperature,the 220-KV Bamnauli-Pappankalan power line expanded and sagged. It ultimately snapped as the clearance area between the power line and a high streetlight reduced.

As a result,there was a 150-MW rotational load shedding in Dwarka,Matiyala,Bindapur and adjoining areas,a Transco official said.

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“This line is expected to be normalised by Friday morning. The heavy traffic on the road is creating a hurdle in its maintenance,” the official said.

According to sources,the outages on rotational basis lasted for more than an hour in some areas such as Dwarka,Vikaspuri,Najafgarh and Mundka.

The India Meteorological Department has predicted that the heatwave is likely to hit the city hardest on Friday. However,IMD officials said,there would not be much variance from Thursday’s weather. Friday,like Thursday,is expected to have clear skies with the temperature ranging between 45 and 32 degree Celsius.

With an absence of western disturbances,and strong and hot westerly winds,a prolonged heatwave has also affected parts of Jammu and Kashmir,Himachal Pradesh,Punjab,Haryana and Rajasthan.

However,IMD expects a thunder storm in Jammu and Kashmir and neighbouring areas on Saturday,which may bring down the day-time temperatures in Delhi by about two degree Celsius.

“During the next week,the maximum temperature may still remain above normal,but the heat wave conditions will abate,” an official with the regional centre of IMD said.