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Updated: May 25, 2013 10:13 IST

Simmering heat wave persists

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Women all covered up to tackle the searing heat in the Capital on Friday. Photo: S. Subramanium
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Women all covered up to tackle the searing heat in the Capital on Friday. Photo: S. Subramanium

Cooler days will not visit the city anytime soon and the severe heat wave will continue unabated with the weatherman repealing the earlier forecast which said that the heat wave will retreat on Saturday.

Friday was as hot as ever with the maximum temperature refusing to go below 45 degrees Celsius, five degrees above normal and only a few notches below Thursday’s 45.7 degrees Celsius, the highest for the month of May in a decade. The minimum temperature of 29.5 degrees Celsius was also three degrees above normal and slightly below Thursday’s 31.4 degrees Celsius.

The sun was fierce encouraging the average citizen to stay indoors or venture outdoors covered from head to toe. “I usually cover my head and wear sun glasses. I also carry an umbrella and never step out of the house without a bottle of water but today even these things were not enough. I realised that I should not have ventured outdoors today even though all I did was visit a café in Connaught Place,” said Amita, a shopper in Connaught Place.

Humidity levels were low, oscillating between a maximum of 45 per cent and a minimum of 22 per cent and rain is not expected within the next few days.

Meanwhile, Saturday will be as hot if not hotter with temperatures expected to oscillate between a maximum of 45 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 31 degreess Celsius.

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