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Thiruvananthapuram: Above-normal heat wave conditions are expected in Kerala with over 3 degrees Celsius rise, and temperature hitting 40 degrees Celsius in several isolated pockets of the state. The highest recorded temperature of the year was reported at Vellanikkara in Thrissur, which was 42.9 degrees Celsius.
IMD has warned of heat wave conditions in the coming days also. The summer rainfall received recently could not cool down the atmosphere. The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority has warned public of dehydration and to avoid stepping outside during daytime.
IMD has predicted increase in temperature of upto 39 degrees Celsius in Thrissur and Palakkad on Friday. A rise of three to four degrees of temperature than usual is expected here. The temperature will touch 37 degrees Celsius in Kozhikode and Kottayam with a two to three degree celsius rise.
The temperature crossed 40 degrees Celsius on Thursday in Koothattukulam (Ernakulam), Chemperi, Irikkoor (Kannur), Kollankode, Malampuzha dam Mannarkkad, Ottapalam, Pothundi dam (Palakkad) and Peechi (Thrissur). The temperature in these isolated regions were recorded at the automated weather observing stations.
Rising electricity consumption
The electricity consumption in the last two days set a record with the scorching heat. Over 9.8 lakh units of electricity was consumed on Thursday, crossing the earlier record of 9.56 crore units on Wednesday. Compared to last year, nearly 500 megawatt of power has been consumed this year during the night. Meanwhile, the water level in the dams of the electricity board have been recorded low this time.