Beating previous record in six decades, on Sunday, national capital recorded 47.8 degree Celsius highest in 62 years. According to Met department official, the Palam area in South-West Delhi has recorded a maximum temperature of 47.8 degree Celsius, the highest ever since 1952. "The highest temperature recorded in Delhi before this was 47.4 degree Celsius at Palam on June 16, 1995," he said.
Met official said that the Delhiites should not expect any relief on Monday. "Delhi will see clear skies and the maximum temperature is likely to hover around 45 degrees Celsius, while the minimum is expected to settle around 30 degrees Celsius on Monday," he added. The highest temperature recorded in Delhi before this was 47.4 degree Celsius at Palam on June 16, 1995.
The heat wave and the scorching sun made life miserable and people chose to remain indoors on Sunday, giving city a deserted look throughout the day. "It's too hot here. I don't step out if I don't have some important or emergency work and whenever I go out will take precautionary measures to avoid heat stroke. Even these precautions do not help in this unbearable heat wave," said Amit Chamaria, a resident of Rohini in West Delhi.
Those who had no choice but to venture out covered themselves in scarves and gloves but got little respite from the scorching heat. Two-wheeler riders in particular had a miserable time.
Delhi has been witnessing a spell of hot weather over the past few days, with temperature hovering around 45 degrees Celsius. On Saturday, hot winds and the a scorching sun continued to wreak havoc as the maximum temperature settled five notches above the season's average at 44.9 degrees Celsius, making it the hottest June 7, in the last five years.