"Yes, it's the hottest day of the season," an IMD official said, adding "this is the hottest May 16 in the last five years". Last year, Delhi had recorded a maximum of 38 degrees Celsius on this day.
On Tuesday, the national capital had recorded a maximum of 42.7 degrees Celsius.
However, the weathermen did have some good news. "Delhi may experience a few spells of rain accompanied by squall till Thursday evening."
Meanwhile, residents in the capital city had a harrowing time. "We were sweating right from seven in the morning. The hot wind is really bothersome," said Mahendra Nath, a resident of southwest Delhi.
Shagufta Rahman, a Delhi University student, said: "I could not sleep at night. The cooler was also of no help. I opened the window but alas - it was all hot wind."
"I really feel sad for people who live on the streets. They don't have an AC or a cooler or even have a roof over their head to ward off this killing heat."
Sanyukta Nandy, a working woman, said: "I was surprised to see the IMD board flashing 41 degrees temperature as early as 11 am."