Delhi sizzled on Monday as the mercury breached the 39°C mark in what was the hottest August day in 23 years.
The maximum temperature was recorded at 39.1°C at Safdarjung observatory, considered the official reading for the Capital. It was five degrees above the season’s average making it the hottest August day since 1991 when the mercury reached 40.9°C.
Unfortunately, there won’t be any relief from the heat soon. “Similar weather is expected in the next three days. There is a possibility of light rain towards the weekend which could bring the temperature down,” said the MeT department.
Maximum temperature at Palam station on Monday was 40.7°C, Ayanagar recorded a high of 40.5°C and the Ridge recorded a maximum of 40.4°C.
“This is a record high for the month after 1987 and 1991 for Palam and Safdarjung respectively. The highest-ever for Palam and Safdarjung for August are 43.2°C and 42°C respectively both recorded in 1987,” said RK Jenamani, director-in-charge, IGI Met station.
The city is also experiencing one of the driest August in at least five years with only four days of rain so far. The city normally receives 253mm of rain in this month but it hasn’t received even half of that so far.