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At 39.4°C, mercury crosses hottest August day mark

No relief for Delhi as MeT predicts hot and humid conditions in coming days. (Source: Express photo by Ravi Kanojia) No relief for Delhi as MeT predicts hot and humid conditions in coming days. (Source: Express photo by Ravi Kanojia)
Express News Service | New Delhi | Posted: August 27, 2014 12:40 am

Tuesday continued to be hot and humid with the maximum temperature settling at a record 39.4 degrees Celsius for this time of the year.

It surpassed Monday’s maximum — dubbed the hottest day in August in the last 23 years, with the maximun temperature recorded at 39.1 degrees Celsius. “Monday was the hottest day of August since 2002,” a senior MeT official said.

The minimum temperature similarly drifted close to the 30-degree mark and settled around 29 degrees Celsius, nearly three degrees above normal.

The blistering heat was made worse by the high humidity levels, which swung between 36 and 69 per cent, and the lack of rains.

The rain deficit is almost touching 40 per cent this monsoon and the day temperatures have consistently closed in on the 40-degree mark, senior MeT officials said.

While the MeT department predicted partly cloudy skies and thundery conditions in some areas, it said the maximum and minimum temperatures in the national capital are expected to hover between 39 and 29 degrees in the coming days — offering little relief to Delhi.

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