India, Sept. 21 -- A combination of rain deficiency and high day and night temperatures with up to 80% humidity has Delhiites sweating.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Delhi has an overall rain deficiency of 18% and 62% for the month of September alone. The maximum temperature had shot up to 38 degrees Celsius on September 18, three degrees above normal. Both maximum and minimum temperatures have been 2 -3 degrees higher than normal at least for the past week, making it sultry and uncomfortable.

On Monday, Delhi recorded a maximum temperature of 36.8 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 26.6 degrees ---- both two degrees above normal.

IMD scientists said even though an assessment is awaited, this month could be the ...