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Dry weather persists as mercury rises further to 32.8 degree Celsius

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New Delhi, Feb 22 (UNI) The dry weather persisted in the capital today with mercury continuing its upwards climb, to record 32.8 degree Celsius, nearly eight degree above normal.

It was among the highest day temperatures experienced since the beginning of February as the perspiring conditions, caused mostly by the "windless" and 'dry' weather, left Delhiites scouting for shelter during the day.

And, with the minimum temperature, at 15.8 degree celsius, also staying at yesterday level, it seemed the summer season had already arrived.

The 'dry weather' since the last few days has contributed to sultry conditions in Delhi over the last week.

And, with the weather office predicting a largely clear sky over the next 24 hours, no relief seems to be forthcoming, at least in the next few days, from the scorching heat.

The BBC, too, has predicted the mercury to stay at around 32 degree celsius in the coming days whiel forecasting minimum temperature to be around 16 degree celsius. There could, however, be some relief from the perspiring conditions with increase in the speed of the wind flowing through the capital.

Delhi has witnessed an upward rise in mercury since the beginning of February - while the minimum temperature has been hovering around the 15 degree celsius mark in recent days, the maximum temperature rose to 32.4 degree celsius yesterday, seven degree above normal.

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