You have felt it, now it’s officially confirmed. Soaring temperatures and poor rainfall have made this year’s June the hottest in five years.
According to meteorological data, the average maximum temperature this June was 40.7 degrees Celsius. The month, the Met department said, had 27 days when the temperature remained above 40 degrees.
What made the heat unbearable was the lack of rainfall. The second half of the month, which usually sees a marginal relief from the heat wave and some pre-monsoon rain, was unusually hot.
Only four days in the whole month got some rain.
On Sunday, Delhi recorded a maximum of at 43.5 degrees, six notches above normal. There is, however, some relief in sight. According to the Met department, the monsoon will reach Delhi by the middle of this week.
The normal date for the south-west monsoon in the Capital is June 29. But it has been delayed this year. Till then, Delhiites will have to sweat it out.
“The city will continue to see 40 degrees plus temperature till Tuesday. We are expecting rainfall on Wednesday and Thursday. The temperatures will come down after that,” said a Met official. The heat wave has forced the Delhi government to extend the summer break in schools till July 8.