Zee Media Bureau/Sushmita Dutta
New Delhi: Breaking 62-year-old record, the national capital on Sunday evening touched a maximum temperature of 47.8 degrees Celsius, reports said.
“The area around Palam airport recorder a maximum temperature of 47.8 degrees Celsius,” the MeT officials said.
Roads wore a deserted look as traffic remained scarce during the day and Delhiites preferred to stay indoors.
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.
The riders thronged roadside kiosks selling cold drinks, lemonade and ice-cream.
The highest temperature recorded in Delhi before this was on June 16, 1995, when the area around Palam airport sizzled at 47.4 degrees Celsius, reports said today.
The weather office also said that the Indira Gandhi International Airport and the adjacent areas of South West Delhi are likely to be hit by thunderstorm and dust storm in the evening.
Airport authorities say that such severe conditions will affect flight movement because the atmosphere becomes unstable. The aircraft will not get the required thrust during lift-off; they will have to carry less baggage, authorities said.
Yesterday, hot winds and the a blistering sun continued to wreak havoc here 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.
"The sky will remain clear tomorrow (Sunday) and the heat wave will continue in the afternoon," an IMD official had said.
Whereas, Friday was the hottest June 6, in the last five years as the maximum temperature settled at 45 degrees Celsius, five notches above the season`s average. The minimum temperature was recorded a notch above the season`s average at 29.4 degrees Celsius.
With agency inputs