Wednesday was the hottest “May Day” in Hyderabad in the last 84 years.
According to the Meteorological Department’s deputy director Tayyab Arain, 49˚C was recorded at 2pm, second only to 49.5˚C recorded in 1932. Although Hyderabad saw a record temperature, the district was not an exception in Sindh, as mercury touched 51˚C in Dadu, Sukkur and Naushero Feroz, 49˚C in Tharparkar and 48˚C in Nawabshah.
The highest temperature, 52˚C, was recorded in Larkana, according to the meteorological department’s Wednesday weather report.
No heatwave-related death was reported during the day but hospitals saw a rise in heatstroke cases.
Prolonged load-shedding was reported from all 12 districts under Hyderabad Electric Supply Company (Heco). There were also protests in several localities. According to a Hesco spokesperson, the demand rose to 966 megawatts on Tuesday night but they received only 620MW from the national grid.