The heat is back to haunt the Capital's citizens with the mercury going up and the weatherman forecasting hotter days in the coming week.

Delhi recorded a maximum temperature of 43.2 degrees Celsius on Saturday, which was four degrees above normal. The minimum temperature stood at 27.8 degrees Celsius, a notch below normal for this time of the year.

“Delhi will have a mainly clear sky and the maximum temperature will rise this coming week. The citizens will have to endure high temperatures for at least a week before the rains come in. Humidity levels have been oscillating between a maximum of 64 per cent and a minimum of 21 per cent. The monsoon is expected to hit the Capital by June 29,'' said an official of the India Meteorological Department.

Beena Das, a resident of Minto Road, said: “The weather coupled with erratic electricity supply, water shortage and the rising cost of essential commodities, including vegetable and pulses, have made life difficult.''

Doctors claim that many patients are coming in with complaints of heat stroke, skin problems and stomach ailments.

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