Updates on the Indian heatwave: Haryana faces up to 6 hours of power outages, with protests outside the Punjab Power Minister's home; relief is expected on May 2.

India is experiencing a heat wave. Heatwaves will continue to affect northwest and central India over the next four days, and east India for the next two days, according to the IMD.

India's Heat Wave, Weather Updates: The scorching heatwave that has swept across large swaths of the country has increased, with temperatures reaching 45 degrees in numerous locations. On Thursday, Gurugram hit an all-time high of 45.6 degrees Celsius, shattering the previous high of 44.8 degrees Celsius set on April 28, 1979.

Its neighbor, Delhi, saw the hottest April day in 12 years, with a temperature of 43.5 degrees Celsius. On April 18, 2010, the national capital reached a maximum temperature of 43.7 degrees Celsius. Allahabad (45.9 degrees Celsius) in Uttar Pradesh; Khajuraho (45.6 degrees Celsius), Nowgong (45.6 degrees Celsius), and Khargone (45.2 degrees Celsius) in Madhya Pradesh; Akola (45.4 degrees Celsius), Bramhapuri (45.2 degrees Celsius), and Jalgaon (45.6 degrees Celsius) in Maharashtra; and Daltonganj (45.6 degrees Celsius) in Jharkhand were all scorched by the intense heatwave (45.8)

Even as different regions warned of a coal scarcity due to the heat, India's peak electricity demand was fulfilled or the greatest supply in a day reached an all-time high of 204.65 GW on Thursday. Satyendar Jain, a Delhi minister, claimed the national capital had only one day's worth of coal supply left and requested help from the Centre. Meanwhile, protests about power outages in Punjab erupted outside the home of Punjab Power Minister Harbhajan Singh.

Let's have a look at the most recent changes:

  • Dadri's 6 units and Unchahar's 5 units are both operating at full capacity and getting regular coal deliveries. NTPC Limited's current stock is 1,40,000 MT and 95,000 MT, respectively, with import coal supplies on the way.
  • According to the most recent model projections, a cyclonic circulation system will develop in the Andaman Sea around the 4th of May, followed by low pressure by the 5th of May, and it will likely intensify further. All of these changes are likely to result in a temperature drop: IMD senior scientist RK Jenamani
  • Protests against power cuts are taking place outside Punjab Power Minister Harbhajan Singh's home.
  • For western Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, western UP, MP, and Jharkhand, a yellow alert has been issued for three days, April 29, April 30, and May 1. According to IMD senior scientist RK Jenamani, a change will occur starting May 2, with a western disturbance moving and thunder and rain possible.
  • As coal supplies run out, an energy crisis appears to be looming over parts of the country, with Haryana being the most recent state to be affected. After the city's electricity demand topped 9,000 megawatts (MV) and the supply fell short by 1,500 MW, Gurugram, Haryana, lost power for at least six hours. According to Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam, the whole power outage lasted four to six hours until Thursday evening (DHBVN). At various periods throughout the day, power disruptions ranged from 15 minutes to nearly an hour, and Gurugram is certain to have more outages on Friday and in the coming days. Haryana Power Generation Corporation Limited, according to a Hindustan Times story, revealed on Thursday that the state's average electricity consumption is over 7,000 MW. Haryana declared that it will obtain more power from states such as Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, as well as other sources, to meet demand, according to an India.com story.
  • Satyendar Jain, a Delhi minister, warned of a coal scarcity in the national capital, claiming that only one day's worth of coal reserves remained. He said that the Delhi government had asked for more coal from the Centre and that the problem could be solved with 'better coordination' between the Centre and the states. He further stated that no payment from Delhi was due.
  • The heatwave will last for the next four days in northwest and central India, and two days in east India, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). "Throughout the following two days, a rise of roughly two degrees Celsius in maximum temperature is very likely over most portions of northwest India," it warned.
  • For the next four days, an orange alert has been issued for Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra's Vidarbha area. For weather alerts, the IMD employs four different colour codes. Green indicates that no action is required, yellow indicates that you should watch and stay informed, orange indicates that you should be prepared, and red indicates that you should take action. Temperatures in portions of northwest India could reach 47 degrees Celsius, according to forecasters. "A high temperature of 45 degrees Celsius is normal in locations like Churu, Barmer, Bikaner, and Sri Ganganagar in Rajasthan," independent meteorologist Navdeep Dahiya said. "However, 45-46 degrees Celsius in the plains of north India by April-end is extremely exceptional," he said.
  • According to the IMD, the heat wave might cause "moderate" damage "Infants, the elderly, and persons with chronic diseases are among those who face health risks. "As a result, individuals should avoid excessive heat, dress in light-colored cotton clothing, and protect their heads with a hat or umbrella," says the report "It was stated. People who are either exposed to the sun for a long time or doing hard work are more likely to develop symptoms of heat illness, according to an IMD caution.
  • When the highest temperature exceeds 40 degrees Celsius and is at least 4.5 degrees above average, a heatwave is proclaimed. According to the IMD, a severe heatwave is defined as a temperature difference of more than 6.4 notches from normal. A heatwave is called when an area reaches a maximum temperature of 45 degrees Celsius based on absolute measured temperatures. If the highest temperature exceeds 47 degrees, a severe heatwave is declared.
  • From March 1 to April 20, the region saw no substantial pre-monsoon activity, which exacerbated the severity of recurrent hot periods, he said, adding that it had a ripple effect on central India as well. For the past two months, maximum temperatures in Maharashtra's Vidarbha and west Rajasthan have continuously ranged between 40 and 45 degrees Celsius. With a 71% rain deficit, India saw its warmest March since the IMD began keeping records 122 years ago. With three extended heatwave episodes, April might be one of the hottest in the country's history, according to Dahiya.