Thursday turned the hottest day of the season for Delhi,pushing the mercury to a maximum of 44 degrees Celsius. And with the Met department saying there are no western disturbances to offer a respite,the heat wave is likely to sweep across the city more fiercely on Friday.
The temperature is expected to touch 45 degrees Celsius on Friday. It then becomes a heat wave,a condition that is already prevalent in Rajasthan, said B P Yadav,director,India Meteorological Department.
Heat wave is a condition when the temperature is very high (upwards of 40 degrees Celsius or a departure from normal of 5 degrees or more),and there are no western disturbances to break its effect, Yadav said.
The searing heat is also spiking the demand for water and power. A recent industry study has revealed that the rise in temperature has also resulted in a 70 per cent increase in the demand for inverters,batteries and gensets in Delhi-NCR.
Gurgaon recorded a 65 per cent increase in the sale of inverters and generators,a study by Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) has revealed. The millennium city is also facing power outages lasting for eight to ten hours every day in areas like DLF,Sushant Lok,South City and Palam Vihar.
The frequent and long outages have increased the demand for power back-up in areas like Udyog Vihar,Pataudi Road,Manesar in Gurgaon.
According to the study,the NCR had a generator market size of less than Rs 6,500 crore last summer,mostly catering to industrial and agricultural areas,shopping centres and some residential complexes. The market size for generators is expected to grow by an additional Rs 2,500 crore this year,the study stated.
According to the study,South Delhi is expected to witness the maximum power cuts due to high density population and an unplanned growth of offices and shops,followed by areas in East Delhi.
The study said industrial and residential areas,hospitals,schools and shopping centres are likely to be the worst hit by the heat wave conditions.