Delhi experienced the hottest days of the season, consecutively on 29th and 30th June bidding a scorching farewell to the month. The base station at Safdarjung recorded a maximum temperature of 43°C and 43.5°C on the last 2 days of the month. Earlier, 28th April had recorded the highest of the season at 42.2°C which had a repeat on 09th June. Mercury level reached up to 41.6°C only in May 2021, measured on 04th May. 30th June 2021 was the hottest day since 2011.
Extreme heat normally recedes from the national capital by mid-June. Thereafter flavor of monsoon winds in the vicinity takes away the punch and the temperatures rarely shoot beyond 40°C. 1st half of June has the precedence of recording the hottest day of the season, including the blazing tarmac temperature in excess of 45°C. June 2017 and 2019 have been the hottest in the recent past with mercury hovering around mid 40’s.
Fag end of June 2021 stands out as the hottest with maximum temperatures nearly 7°C above the normal. These amount to severe heat wave conditions. For 3 consecutive days, day temperatures soared above the flaring mark of 40°C.
The maximum temperature will be around 42°C today and hover around 40-41°C for the next 3 days. This will rise again to reach about 42°C and sustain till the arrival of monsoon which is not likely till 07th July. A more realistic date could be around 10th July. Sporadic rain and short spell of thundershowers is expected between 02nd and 05th July. However, this may not offer any big relief from the excruciating heat over the city and neighborhood.