New Delhi: With the heat wave gripping the national capital, Delhiites bore the brunt of a scorching sun on Tuesday as mercury soared to season's highest of 44.1 degree Celsius.
 
Tuesday's maximum rose up by 2.7 degree Celsius from Monday and was five degrees above normal while the minimum was recorded at 28.5 degrees, three degrees above normal and up from previous day's 27.7 degrees.

The maximum this season had earlier soared to 43.1 degree Celsius on May 12.

The weatherman predicted no relief from the oppressive heat for Wednesday and said the mercury is likely to be around 44 deg C.

The relative humidity was recorded between 19 per cent and 68 per cent, the MeT department said.

"It was a horrible day. We did not experience such heat this season. The humidity was also high," said Krishna Murti, a software professional, said.

Last year, the maximum had touched 45.4 deg C on May 18, the highest in the past 10 years for the month. The record maximum for May was 47.2 deg C recorded on 29th of the month in 1944.


(Agencies)