An exceptionally warm October has followed a meagre monsoon leaving Delhi sweltering with little relief in sight as the weather office says high day temperatures are expected to continue next week.
The maximum and minimum temperatures in the city have been three to four degrees above normal for the most part of this month.
"For the first time in many years we have had to use air conditioners in October. It is not just the heat but also the humidity that is troubling," said Saloni Kumar, a banking executive staying in Sarita Vihar.
According to officials at the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Delhi saw a massive rain deficit of over 60% in June and September. The weather office was expecting the monsoon to pick up towards the end, but the dry spell persisted.
"In the absence of any rain, the temperatures have gone up. The existing moisture in the air is not enough to make a difference. Also, the northerly winds, which are cooler, have not reached the city in time," said BP Yadav, director, IMD.
The maximum temperature on Thursday was 35.2 degree Celsius, a degree above normal, but the minimum temperature at 25 degree Celsius was higher than normal by four degrees.
The IMD foresees some respite with night and early morning temperatures likely to cool off. "The day temperatures, however, are expected to be above normal till the end of next week," Yadav added.