New Delhi, May 20: There was no respite to Delhiites from the sweltering heat as the city continued to sizzle under heat waves with the mercury soaring to over 44 degree Celsius and the minimum temperature too touching the 30-degree mark.
The Weatherman also provided no relief as it predicted similar conditions to continue for at least another four days.
The maximum temperature was recorded five notches above normal at 44.5 degrees Celsius at Safdarjung weather station, while the minimum was three degrees above normal at 29.3 deg C.
The readings at Safdarjung station is taken as the official figures for the capital. Yesterday, the maximum had touched the highest for the season at 44.6 degree Celsius.
Palam weather station recorded the highest temperature of 46.2 deg C, up from yesterday's 46.1 deg C, in the capital.
The maximum temperature for other weather stations in the capital are - Ridge 45.4 deg C, Ayanagar 45 deg C, DU 44.7 deg C, Narela 44.9 deg C, Najafgarh 44.3 deg C, Jafarpur 44.2 deg C, Lodhi 43.6 deg C and Peetampura 43.5 deg C.
The humidity level hovered between 19 and 39 per cent. Meteorological Department predicted a clear sky tomorrow with maximum and minimum temperatures likely to be around 45 deg C and 30 deg C respectively.
According to a statement issued by Indian Meteorological Department, heat wave conditions are prevailing over most parts of Jammu division in JK, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and some parts of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
“The conditions are likely to continue over these areas till May 24...In the last 10 years (since 2003), this is likely to be the second such instance of prolonged heat wave spell over Delhi NCR in May after 2010,” it said.
The Weatherman said a fresh western disturbance is likely to affect JK, HP, Uttarakhand from May 25 onwards which may result in abatement of heat wave conditions.
However, the impact of Western Disturbance on the maximum temperature over Delhi and neighboring areas would be temporary and after a fall of about 1-2 deg C during May 25-26, the day temperatures may rise again till last week of May.
“The maximum temperatures ranging from 44-46 deg C are likely to prevail till May 24 over Delhi NCR. Very high day temperatures have also contributed to above normal minimum temperatures over Delhi, the Weatherman said, adding that Delhi NCR may experience a sustained heat wave spell for more than a week.