New Delhi: Delhiites on Saturday sweated it out with mercury touching the season's highest of 42 degree Celsius and hot winds blowing through the day.
This was the second time this summer that the day temperature crossed 40 degree Celsius, the previous one being on April 16 when it touched 40.2 degrees. Last year, mercury crossed 40 degree Celsius on May 8.
Saturday's maximum was three degree Celsius above normal and a sharp rise from Friday's 38.3 degrees, which was one degree below normal for this time of the year.
The city has been witnessing day temperature at around 38 degree Celsius for the past one week.
"It was hotter than usual. The previous days were tolerable as compared to Saturday. The hot winds made life miserable," Nishant Arora, a shopper at Janpath Market, said.
The weathermen have predicted main clear sky in the city on Sunday and the mercury is likely to oscillate between 21 and 41 degree Celsius.
Last year in May, the mercury had touched 45 degree Celsius on the last day of the month. The record for the month of May was 47.2 degree Celsius recorded on 29th day of the month in 1944.
Weather Office had predicted that the city will witness a dry spell and significant increase in maximum temperature for a week till May 8.


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