National capital sizzles at 46.4 degrees, no respite before weekend

New Delhi: A man splashes water on his face to cool himself on a hot day in New Delhi .

New Delhi, (Asian independent) The mercury in some parts of the national capital touched 46 degrees Celsius, the India Meteorological Department said on Thursday.

Ayanagar area recorded the temperature of 46.4 degrees Celsius, followed by 45.1 in Pusa, 44.2 in Palam and 42.2 in Lodhi Road.

On May 26, Delhi had recorded the hottest day of the season after the temperature soared to 47.6 degrees Celsius in Palam area.

The above-normal temperatures in Delhi-NCR region will continue till June 20, after which it is likely to dip, the weather bureau said.

Meanwhile, the monsoon is also likely to reach the city three to four days earlier than the usual date of June 27.

Dr Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of IMD’s Regional Weather Forecasting Centre, said that the monsoon will cover most parts of North-West India during June 21-25. It will cover western UP and Uttarakhand during June 21-22 and Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi June 22-23.