Delhi experienced its hottest day this season Monday, with temperature soaring to 44 degrees Celsius at Safdarjung. This was a 5-degree departure from the normal temperature, according to the Indian Meteorological Department. The minimum temperature recorded at Safdarjung was 23.8 degrees Celsius.
At Palam observatory, the maximum temperature recorded was 46.2 degrees Celsius, a 7-degree departure from normal. The Safdarjung observatory reading is considered the official figure for Delhi. Experts said temperatures this high are usually experienced in the latter half of May. Last year, temperatures this high were experienced between May 20 and May 25.
According to experts, temperatures this high at the beginning of the month mean that the trend is likely to continue through the month and be accompanied by frequent dust storms.