In pictures: Delhiites reel under scorching spell

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Delhiites got no respite from the sweltering heat with mercury soaring to 41.3 degree celsius on Friday. Palam was even hotter at 44 degrees celsius. This was one of the highest temperature in the month of July in 2013-14. This is only the sixth year since 1969 when the maximum has touched 42 degrees in July. Last year mercury only soared as high as 39.2 degree, a Met official said.

The prevailing heat wave condition in North-India is the result of weak monsoon this year due to El Nino weather phenomenon. It is also a challenge in front of the new Government to prepare for the drought like condition which can severely effect the GDP.

Met has also indicated that the national capital may face some rain from next week.

"There has been an absence of low pressure systems over Bay of Bengal that would feed the southwest Monsoon. Several parts of the northwest India are reeling under a heatwave and have recorded below normal rain," said a Met official.

Sluggish monsoon hurts Delhiites

A young school boy takes a dive in a pond near India Gate, New Delhi On Friday. Delhi recorded maximum temperature of 41.3 degree celsius on Friday. Palam was even hotter at 44 degrees celsius.(OneIndia photo by Sukant Singh)

Sluggish monsoon hurts Delhiites

A boy tries to cool off with water in order to beat the scorching heat near India Gate, New Delhi. Delhi recorded maximum temperature of 41.3 degree celsius on Friday. Palam was even hotter at 44 degrees celsius.(OneIndia photo by Sukant Singh)

Sluggish monsoon hurts Delhiites

A young school boy takes a dive in a pond near India Gate, New Delhi On Friday. Delhi recorded maximum temperature of 41.3 degree celsius on Friday. Palam was even hotter at 44 degrees celsius.(OneIndia photo by Sukant Singh)

Sluggish monsoon hurts Delhiites

People walk near India Gate covering their head from the scorching heat. Delhi recorded maximum temperature of 41.3 degree celsius on Friday. Palam was even hotter at 44 degrees celsius.(OneIndia photo by Sukant Singh)

Sluggish monsoon hurts Delhiites

Two kids coming back from school in their bicycle. Delhi recorded maximum temperature of 41.3 degree celsius on Friday. Palam was even hotter at 44 degrees celsius.(OneIndia photo by Sukant Singh)

Sluggish monsoon hurts Delhiites

A young school boy takes a dive in a pond near India Gate, New Delhi on Friday. Delhi recorded maximum temperature of 41.3 degree celsius on Friday. Palam was even hotter at 44 degrees celsius.(OneIndia photo by Sukant Singh)

Sluggish monsoon hurts Delhiites

A man takes afternoon nap under a tree near India Gate, New Delhi on Friday. Delhi recorded maximum temperature of 41.3 degree celsius on Friday. Palam was even hotter at 44 degrees celsius.(OneIndia photo by Sukant Singh)

Sluggish monsoon hurts Delhiites

A boy tries to cool off with water inorder to beat the scorching heat near India Gate, New Delhi. Delhi recorded maximum temperature of 41.3 degree celsius on Friday. Palam was even hotter at 44 degrees celsius.(OneIndia photo by Sukant Singh)

Sluggish monsoon hurts Delhiites

Two boys tring to cool off in the pond near India Gate to beat the scorching spell.Delhi recorded maximum temperature of 41.3 degree celsius on Friday. Palam was even hotter at 44 degrees celsius.(OneIndia photo by Sukant Singh)

Sluggish monsoon hurts Delhiites

People take afternoon nap under a tree near India Gate, New Delhi on Friday. Delhi recorded maximum temperature of 41.3 degree celsius on Friday. Palam was even hotter at 44 degrees celsius.(OneIndia photo by Sukant Singh)

Sluggish monsoon hurts Delhiites

A young school boy takes a dive in a pond near India Gate, New Delhi on Friday. Delhi recorded maximum temperature of 41.3 degree celsius on Friday. Palam was even hotter at 44 degrees celsius.(OneIndia photo by Sukant Singh)

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