The Capital turned into an oven on Thursday as the city experienced a maximum temperature of 45.4 degrees, five degrees above normal.
The minimum temperature, too, was oppressively high as the mercury touched 31.2 degree Celsius, four degrees above normal, in the wee hours. At Palam, the maximum day temperature stood at an unbearable 47 degrees.
In what is the only good news for harried Delhites, a little respite is in the offing. The Weatherman has forecast cloudy skies, dust and thunderstorms on Friday and Saturday.
“Such high temperatures are common at the end of May. While the temperatures remain high in June as well, they do not climb peaks. We are expecting the rest of the week to be cooler,” said a senior MeT official.
On Thursday, the loo that blew all day long also troubled Delhiites. “It is impossible to walk outside without feeling dehydrated,” said Karan Nanda, a sales executive. Humidity oscillated between 16 and 33 per cent.
“Staying indoors was a problem. I took my family to a mall to beat the heat,” said Nitin Verma, an IT executive in Malviya Nagar.