The city witnessed the hottest day of the season on Sunday as the maximum temperature at the Palam station was recorded as 46.1 degrees Celsius. The maximum at Safdarjung station was recorded at a sizzling 44.6 degrees Celsius.
This was five degrees above normal. The temperature at Safdarjung is taken as the mean temperature of the city.
Some parts of the city, such as Ayanagar, saw the temperature zooming to 45.8 degrees Celsius.
The maximum temperature in Gurgaon was recorded at 44.9 degrees Celsius.
There is worse in store for Delhiites as the temperature is only going upwards in the coming few days.
Delhi is in the grip of the first heat wave of the season so far and the maximum temperature is expected to be around 45 degrees Celsius on Monday while the minimum is expected to be 27 degrees.
“The heat wave conditions will continue for the coming few days and a further rise in temperature is also expected,” said a met official.
Sunday was not just hot, it was also humid with the humidity oscillating between 68% and 19%.
“Even the wind or the shade did not bring respite to people on Sunday due to the extremely high temperature. The ACs are running on full blast at home and no one is even thinking of going out despite it being the weekend,” said Mahima Khatri, a banker who lives in Defence Colony.
A number of people are escaping the Delhi heat and taking full advantage of their children’s summer vacations.