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Delhi battles heat wave; max at ten-year high

delhi Updated: Apr 17, 2010 20:21 IST
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It was the beginning of a sizzling weekend for the capital on Saturday as the mercury soared to 43.7 degree Celsius, a ten-year high for the month of April.

The maximum was eight degrees above normal level for this time of the year and also the highest in this season. The low also recorded a high for the month at 26.5 degree Celsius, six degrees above normal.

Saturday's minimum was also the highest during this month.

Friday, the mercury touched a high of 42.9 degree Celsius while the minimum was recorded at 23.5 degrees.

The temperature has been rising steadily since the beginning of this month. The past week has seen the maximum remaining above 40 degree Celsius except for one day on April 13. The minimum temperature was also saw an increase during these days.

The humidity levels were, however, low in the city at a maximum of 50 per cent and minimum of 14 per cent.

Last year, the maximum temperature in April had touched 43.5 degrees. The all-time record for April was on the 29th day in 1941 when the mercury touched 45.6 degree Celsius.

The mean temperature for the month of April is 36.2 degree Celsius (maximum) and 21.5 degrees (minimum).

The maximum crossed the 40 degree mark four days ago when it touched 40.1 degree Celsius.

Delhiites also experienced unusually hot days last month, which the MeT Department said was the second warmest March for the city since 1901.

The mercury had touched 39.2 degree Celsius on March 21 this year which was the second highest maximum temperature in the month of March in the past 65 years.