Heat wave: Hopes of respite in the East; scorching heat will continue in northern and central India | India News

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Workers use their helmets to pour water to cool off near a construction site on a hot summer day on the outskirts of Ahmedabad (Reuters)

NEW DELHI: Northwest and central India recorded average maximum temperatures of 35.9 and 37.78 degrees Celsius in April, the highest since records began 122 years ago.
On the last day of the month, the highest maximum temperature of 46.6 degrees Celsius was recorded at Chandrapur in Maharashtra as scorching conditions prevailed in parts of Delhi; in isolated pockets on Gurugram, Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh; heat waves prevailed in many parts of western Rajasthan, parts of Punjab and Vidarbha; in isolated pockets over Haryana, interior Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and northern Madhya Pradesh.
More than a billion people are at risk of heat-related impacts in the region, scientists have warned, linking the early onset of an intense summer to climate change.
May will bring a mixed bag – continued heat for northwest, west and central India and normal to above normal rainfall over most parts of India.
Electricity crisis in the middle of a scorching summer
Several states have been rocked by power outages due to the country’s coal crisis. Delhi, Punjab and other states are facing severe power outages as their thermal power plants are reeling from a shortage of coal or encountering a problem due to increased load capacity.
Coal India Limited reported a 27.2% increase in production in April 2022, compared to the year-earlier period, the coal ministry said.
Union Energy Minister RK Singh reviewed the energy situation and the stockpile situation of coal at thermal power plants, including those supplying Delhi’s discoms, and told the media after the review meeting that electric discoms would get as much power as they commandeered.
The Center on Saturday issued instructions to power plants supplying Delhi’s discoms to ensure uninterrupted supply to the nation’s capital amid unprecedented demand due to the massive heatwave.
The Uttar Pradesh government, under the supervision of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, will ensure round-the-clock power supply to the district headquarters. Likewise, the villages will be supplied with electricity for 15 hours,” State Minister Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary said.
The Odisha government said on Saturday that there was no shortage of coal at any of its power stations.
Odisha changes school hours
Odisha on Saturday announced its decision to reschedule teaching hours in all schools.
The new timing will be from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and will come into effect from May 2.
“The government, after careful consideration, has been pleased to reschedule teaching hours in all schools to 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. from May 2. However, the exam already scheduled by various councils/councils will continue as of habit,” the notification reads.
Earlier on April 26, the government announced the closure of all schools, colleges, universities and Anganwadi centers for five days in the state.
In the coming days
Isolated locations in West Bengal, Sikkim, Jharkhand, several northeastern states and the Andhra Pradesh coast could also experience thunderstorms or light rain, according to IMD’s short-term forecast.
However, there is not much good news for Western Rajasthan, Southern Uttar Pradesh, Tekangana, Madhya Pradesh and Vdarbha region of Maharashtra. Moderate to severe heat waves are expected to prevail over these regions.
Some respite may be in store for the northwestern plains after May 1 due to a new western disturbance that could bring rainfall to the western Himalayan region. Light rain with gusty winds is likely in parts of Delhi-NCR on Sunday according to IMD.
(With contributions from the agency)

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