New Delhi, June 23: The national capital witnessed an extremely hot day on Saturday with the mercury soaring to 44.8 degree Celsius in parts of the city.

The Safdarjung observatory, recording of which is considered official for the city, registered a maximum temperature of 42.5 degrees Celsius, four notches above the season’s average, said a MeT department official.

According to MeT department, heat wave conditions, which currently grips parts of Delhi, Chandigarh, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, will continue towards Sunday, June 24.

However, respite is expected from Monday onwards with pre-monsoon activities in Delhi, predict the private weather forecasting agency Skymet.

“From June 25, Delhi is likely to see some pre-monsoon activities with light rain and dust storm. From June 27 and 28, the rains will catch up, bringing the temperatures down,” its director Mahesh Palawat said.

“The monsoon is expected on time in Delhi, towards the end of June,” he added.

On Saturday, Palam remained the warmest region in Delhi, sizzling at 44.8 degrees Celsius, six notches above the season’s average. Ridge area recorded 43.8 degrees Celsius, Ayanagar recorded 43.9 degrees while Narela sizzled at 42.8 degrees. Gurugram recorded 42.9 degrees, while Faridabad saw 42.4 degrees.

“On June 24, heat wave conditions will prevail in pockets of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh,” India Meteorological Department(IMD) said.
The minimum temperature on Saturday was recorded at 31.6 degree Celsius.

The air quality of Delhi, Noida and Ghaziabad remained poor, while Gurugram breathed very poor air on Saturday.

The humidity oscillated between 30 to 47 per cent.

Friday’s maximum temperature settled at 42.5 degrees, four notches above the season’s average, while the minimum temperature was recorded at 30 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season’s average.

(With inputs from IANS)