Delhi melts due to scorching summer heat.

(Piyal Bhattacharjee/BCCL Delhi)

Wednesday, May 19: After waking up to a cloudy, pleasant morning, residents of Delhi-NCR experienced mostly clear skies while the maximum temperature hovered around 40℃ on Wednesday. The mercury may peak at 42℃ today, and remain around this mark for the next two to three days.

The Aya Nagar station in south Delhi reported 5.1 mm of rain overnight but none throughout the day, while the Palam airport observatory recorded trace rainfall in the early hours but none later.

However, after this slight respite from the scorching heat earlier in the week, the temperature is set to rise again from Thursday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted.

After the dry months of March and April, the month of May was no exception, with total rainfall at Safdarjung of 1.7 mm compared to the usual of 38.4 mm, a shocking minus 96% deviation, according to IMD statistics.

In the absence of stronger western disturbances, not only Delhi-NCR, but nearly the whole northwest Indian plains have been subjected to unprecedented hot spells since the end of February.

On Wednesday, at Safdarjung, the base station for Delhi, the maximum temperature was 40.6℃ and the minimum temperature was recorded at 29.6℃. Other stations in Delhi recorded temperatures in the range of 39.3℃ at Mayur Vihar to 42.2℃ at Jafarpur while Gurgaon recorded 44.7℃.

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