India, April 17 -- The peak demand for electricity in Mumbai on Tuesday, when the maximum temperature crossed 38 degrees Celsius, shot up to over 4,000 megawatts (MW), surpassing the usual demand of 3,400-3,600 MW for the first time this summer. On Monday, the city's power demand was 3,973 MW.

According to data, Mumbai's power demand spiked to 4,041 MW around 3.00pm. Power distribution companies attributed the sharp spike in day temperatures to the heatwave, leading to an increase in power demand.

The city has nearly 50 lakh power consumers who are serviced by BEST undertaking, Adani Electricity, Tata Power and MSEDCL.

Officials from Tata Power said demand touched 1,005 MW from its 7.5 lakh consumers spread across the city and suburbs....