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Record Heat For New Delhi

Some very hot conditions are being seen over northern India as the monsoon has yet to kick in for the capital city.

Temperatures over the past several days have climbed well above 100 degrees F, this after having some severe thunderstorms no more than a week ago for the city.

Normal high temperatures are 104 degrees F (40 C), and the past 5 days have seen high temperatures climb to 110 degrees F (43 C) or higher. The all-time record high for New Delhi for June is 116 degrees F (46.7 C), according to the India Weather Service.

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Friday climbed to 113 degrees F (45 C), which was the hottest temperature in New Delhi in 2 years.

For the Delhi region, temperatures climbed to 118 degrees F (47.8 C) in Palam, India, which is the hottest it has been in 62 years, also breaking a record for Sunday.

The heat is thanks to the hot and dry winds from the west and southwest. These conditions look to continue for the next few days, possibly ending on Thursday when the high temperature is expected to top out at 109 degrees. This is after the high for Monday is expected to climb to 116 degrees F (46.7 C), approaching the hottest temperature in New Delhi since 1945 of 117 degrees F (47.2 C).

This heat has not only been dangerous for anyone looking for relief from the heat, but has also lead to record energy use across Delhi.

According to the Times of India, the power demand on Thursday was as high as 108.6 million units, the highest ever recorded. The peak demand was 5250 megawatts, shy of the record of 5653 megawatts from 2013.

India Gate, New Delhi, India, courtesy of ThinkStock.com

More extreme heat the next few days could push this record even higher. The temperatures on Monday and Tuesday look to remain very close to record highs, and the low temperatures at night have only been dropping to near 90 degrees F (32 C).

This heat will remain around the area as the monsoon will remain off to the southeast for the next few weeks yet. Once the monsoon does develop, the temperatures will not be as high, but the dew points and threat for storms will be found almost daily.

Story by AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Alan Reppert