By – Aditi Gupta

Among the top 10 warmest cities in the nation are 6 cities in Rajasthan. Barmer noted a temperature peak of 48.8°C. Other cities have seen temperatures above 47 degrees. In addition, Nautapa, which involves nine days of intense heat, begins on May 24.

Across the nation, extreme weather events are turning out to be deadly. While pre-monsoon rains in Kerala caused flash floods and lightning that have claimed seven lives, severe heat has claimed the lives of five people in Rajasthan, two in Haryana, and four in Madhya Pradesh.

Among the top ten warmest cities in the nation are six cities in Rajasthan. Barmer noted a temperature peak of 48.8°C. Other cities are experiencing temperatures above 47 degrees. In addition, Nautapa, which consists of nine days of intense heat, begins on May 24. In multiple regions of Rajasthan, the temperature can rise over 50 degrees Celsius during this time of year. A red signal for a heat wave in Rajasthan, Punjab, and Gujarat as well as rain in Kerala had been issued by the Meteorological Department for Thursday. While Tamil Nadu receives rain, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Gujarat are under an orange heat alert.

The country’s demand for electricity touched 235 GW, or 2 lakh 35 thousand MW, on Wednesday due to the heat. This is the season’s largest demand. According to predictions from the Ministry of Power, the country’s all-time record for power consumption—which stood at 243.27 GW in September 2023—may soon be exceeded.

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