Delhi sizzles at 44 degrees

On Monday, the maximum temperature settled at 42.8 degrees Celsius, four notches above the season's average and the minimum temperature was 27.6, three notches above the season's average. Sunday was four degrees warmer than the maximum temperature recorded on Saturday.

The maximum temperature is likely to hover around 42 degrees Celsius, and the humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 41 per cent.

Day temperatures were above normal in Rajasthan.

While the maximum temperature on Sunday was reported to be 44.1 degrees Celsius, the minimum was 25.3, one degree above normal. Despite drop in temperatures in many places, the mercury breached the 40-degree mark in at least a dozen places.

Palam weather station recorded a maximum of 45.1 degrees Celsius, the hottest in the city. Banda was the hottest place in the state, where the mercury touched 44.4 degrees Celsius. Last year, on the same date, it was only 35.3 degrees Celsius, though it was 43.3 degrees Celsius on May 7, 2015, the Met department said. Thunderstorm occurred at a few places over sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Chhattisgarh and interior Karnataka.

The Indian Meteorological Department's Safdarjung observatory said that the sky would become partly cloudy.

  • Carolyn Briggs